Denes brothers sentenced to 30 days in jail

By Jonathan Delozier -

Thomas Denes Jr., 37, and Todd Denes, 34, were found guilty of misdemeanor assault Nov. 18 and sentenced to 30 days in jail, nearly two years after assaulting a man at Findley State Park.

The brothers, sons of Wellington village councilwoman Sandy Denes, were sentenced by Judge Michele Silva Arredondo in the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas.

They originally faced felonious assault charges. Defense lawyers Brett Murner and Craig Weintraub argued the extent of injuries inflicted upon Larry Zugaski, the man assaulted by the brothers, did not warrant being called “serious physical harm” and he was embellishing the claim for monetary gain.

Jurors convicted the brothers of the misdemeanor charges in September after failing to reach a felony verdict.

Todd Denes was also convicted of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He used Zugaski’s truck immediately following the assault to turf a grassy area before abandoning it, prosecutors said.

A separate civil case was settled in favor of Zugaski for an undisclosed amount, according to court records.

According to prosecutors, Zugaski found the brothers fighting each other on Jan. 15, 2014, on Jones Road. When he stopped to ask if they needed help, they threatened him and threw rocks at his truck.

When Zugaski drove away, the brothers chased him down state Rt. 58 to Findley. After Zugaski saw there was no ranger on duty, he exited his car to attempt to speak with his chasers, who then attacked him, punching and kicking him in the head.

Zugaski also said the brothers bumped his car as he pulled into Findley and taunted him throughout the incident.

Neither brother denied attacking Zugaski.

Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.

By Jonathan Delozier