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Court roundup: Nov. 8, 2007


Man pleads guilty to illegal license charges

ELYRIA - A Wellington man who killed a woman in a 1992 drunken driving crash but still managed to obtain a driver`s license despite a lifetime driving ban, has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the illegal license.

John Majka, 42, pleaded guilty to tampering with records, falsification, forgery and prohibition against making false statements.

Under a plea agreement, Majka, who served eight years in prison for killing nurse Lynette Waters in 1992, will avoid a return trip to the state prison system, said county Prosecutor Dennis Will.

Instead, Majka will serve five years of probation. He will also spend six months in the Lorain County Jail, although he will have work release privileges.

An investigation showed that Majka, who pleaded no contest to DUI and speeding charges in December 2005 and served six months in jail, obtained a driver`s license in 1999 and renewed it in 2004.

Cynthia Schieferstein, Waters` daughter who was injured in the crash that killed her mother, complained after learning about the plea in the 2005 case.

According to court documents, Majka has also acknowledged that his driver`s license has been suspended for life. If he violates the terms of his probation, he could spend six years in prison.

Man pleads guilty to shooting at bar

ELYRIA - The man accused of shooting up an Eaton Township bar pleaded guilty Wednesday to vandalism and a gun specification that will send him to prison for at least three years.

Kevin Kisilewicz, 27, and his brother, Keith Kisilewicz, 29, were asked to leave the Route 82 Grill and Saloon on state Route 82, where they`d been drinking and passing out business cards March 21.

Kevin Kisilewicz went to his car, got a gun and fired at the bar as patrons dove for cover inside, according to court records. He then fled to his brother`s home, where he told police he was armed and ready to kill himself.

Keith Kisilewicz refused to allow police inside. He has pleaded guilty to obstructing justice and was sentenced to three years probation Wednesday.

Men indicted in beating of black teen

ELYRIA - Two men accused of brutally beating a black teenager who had confronted them about the use of a racial slur have been indicted.

Kenneth Tackett II, 18, and James Machovina, 21, are charged with felonious assault and assault for the September attack on 17-year-old Elyria High School student Travis Noble. Noble chased the two men after he heard the slur as they road past him on bicycles, police have said.

He was hospitalized for four days with a broken jaw that required surgery to repair and a split upper lip that needed 14 stitches to close.

Father, son each get 6 years for attack

ELYRIA - A father and son who pistol whipped a 15-year-old boy last year each were sentenced to six years in prison for the attack.

John Oldwine, 42, and his son, Jarvis Perkins, 22, had pleaded guilty to kidnapping, felonious assault and other charges stemming from the October 2006 attack on Darius Smith.

The pair went looking for a man who threw a brick through their living room window. An hour after they left the house, they spotted four teenagers and chased the teens. The pair fired several shots before catching Smith, whom police say they threw in the back of their car and beat. He saw a passing police car, and summoned help, according to court documents.

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