July 22, 2014

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Second suspect pleads guilty in Lorain home invasion

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ELYRIA — The second of two men who have been accused of forcing their way into a Lorain home last year and attacking those who lived there pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, kidnapping and other charges.

Glen Wamsley, 48, will receive a sentence of three years in prison under the terms of his plea deal. He is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

His co-defendant, Dallas Meinhold, also has pleaded guilty in the case and will receive four years behind bars when he is sentenced.

The pair forced their way into the west Lorain home of Derek Brown on Jan. 16, 2013, in an incident that began when Wamsley told Brown’s girlfriend, Eleea Dittmer, who answered the door, that he was a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent.

He then forced his way inside, and Meinhold, who was wearing a mask, shot her in the face with pepper spray. Dittmer was bound and dragged upstairs by Wamsley while Meinhold confronted Brown.

Brown was found bloodied and beaten on the kitchen floor by police, who arrived after Dittmer managed to use her home phone to call for help.

When police arrived, they caught Wamsley outside with a safe and threatened to release a police dog when Wamsley ignored orders to surrender. Police again had to threaten to release the dog when Meinhold was trying to escape the house.