LaRosa to be sentenced Oct. 12

WARREN — Jacob LaRosa, who was found guilty in February on charges of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and the attempted rape of an elderly woman, will be sentenced Oct. 12 by Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay.

LaRosa, now 19, was 15 when he was accused in the March 31, 2015, beating death of his neighbor, Marie Belcastro, 94, of Cherry Street in Niles. At a hearing in April, former Trumbull County Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk said Belcastro was dragged and beaten, had numerous skull fractures and was struck with such force that her hearing aid fragmented in her ear canal.

LaRosa pleaded no contest to the four felonies, averting a jury trial. He could be sentenced to the maximum sentence of life without parole, but he also could be sentenced to life sentences with chances for parole after 20, 25 or 30 years.