December 22, 2014

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Man dies from injuries sustained in alleged assault

Nicholas Masley

ELYRIA — A Wellington man’s death from injuries he sustained after an alleged beating is believed to be related to his girlfriend’s heroin addiction.

Jeffrey Brooks died early Saturday at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, according to Elyria police spokesman Capt. Chris Costantino.

Brooks, 25, of the 18000 block of Gifford Road, was hospitalized at EMH Elyria Medical Center on Thursday after he said he was “sucker punched,” according to Officer Gregg Drake’s report.

Brooks said he was leaving a home of a friend of his girlfriend at 183 Delaware Court in Elyria about 5 p.m. Thursday when he was punched several times in the face by Nick Masley.

Masley is the cousin of Kayla Ellis, Brooks’ girlfriend. Ellis told police that Masley punched Brooks because he believed Brooks got Ellis, 19, hooked on heroin.

“Mr. Brooks stated that it was a mutual decision between him and his girlfriend to use heroin at the same time,” Drake wrote in the report.

Brooks told police he was walking down the porch steps when he was punched and knocked unconscious.

Police said Brooks’ right eye was swollen and his nose was bleeding when they were called, and he complained of pain in his head. Brooks told police he had used heroin about 3 p.m. Thursday.

Brooks was transported from EMH to MetroHealth on Friday, but his condition worsened and he died at Metro, according to Jim Brooks, his uncle.

Masley was arrested Friday at his home in the 1800 block of Grafton Road.

Masley, 22, was charged with felonious assault and was being held without bond at the Lorain County Jail on Sunday night. He is due in Elyria Municipal Court today.

Costantino said that police are going to consult with the prosecutor’s office about additional charges against Masley.

Brooks was a car mechanic who raced cars at the Lorain County Speedway, his uncle said.

“I remember him bouncing around in a crib in his diaper,” said Brooks, 45. “I played Hot Wheels with this boy. We played in the sand.”

Brooks said his nephew, who he said had been dating Ellis since 2011, got addicted to heroin about a year ago. Brooks said the deck was stacked against his nephew.

He said addiction runs in the family, and that made it easier for Jeffrey Brooks to get hooked.

“It’s just so wrong in so many different ways,” Brooks said,

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.