Thurs. 8 p.m.: LaRosa will be sentenced Friday

WARREN – Prosecutors want to see him in prison for the remainder of his life for brutally killing a 94-year-old inside her home in Niles. Defense attorneys argue there is no evidence of “irreparable corruption” and want him eligible for parole at some point in the distant future.

The resolution will come Friday when Jacob LaRosa, 19, is sentenced before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge W. Wyatt McKay.

The hearing is set for 2 p.m.

LaRosa, who was 15 years old when he killed Marie Belcastro inside her Cherry Street home, will be sentenced to either life in prison without parole or life in prison with chances of parole after 20, 25 or 30 years.

Prosecutors also have asked the court to sentence LaRosa on each of the unique crimes he committed March 31, 2015, and to not merge them for purposes of sentencing.

Read more in Friday’s Tribune Chronicle and check our website for the sentencing decision.

COMMENTS