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Published: Wednesday, 7/6/2011

Fremont man is found guilty of murder attempt


FREMONT — A Fremont man was found guilty Tuesday of trying to kill a Clyde man in 2009.

Sandusky County Common Pleas Judge John Dewey announced his verdicts and then sentenced Lamont Brown, 53, to 23 years in prison for attempted aggravated murder and aggravated burglary, both with firearms specifications; tampering with evidence, carrying a concealed weapon, and having a weapon under disability. The charges stemmed from the Nov. 13, 2009, shooting of Carlos Popoca, now 55, at the Shady Acres Mobile Home Park in Clyde.

Brown was previously declared incompetent to stand trial, but later was found competent. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and went on trial before Judge Dewey last month.

In rendering his verdicts, Judge Dewey said evidence showed Brown knew right from wrong when he shot Mr. Popoca in the back of the head. Sandusky County Prosecutor Tom Stierwalt said the victim suffered permanent injuries, is nearly blind, and now lives in a nursing care facility.

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