December 18, 2014

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Two brothers charged in stabbing of teen

William Brown-Nettles

William Brown-Nettles

Tyree Brown

Tyree Brown

ELYRIA — Two men have been charged in connection with the stabbing of a 15-year-old boy early Wednesday.

William Brown-Nettles, 23, and his brother, Tyree Brown, 20, were both charged with felonious assault Thursday after an incident that happened early Wednesday when police said Brown-Nettles stabbed a 15-year-old boy in the back.

Officers came to the 300 block of 11th Street around 1 a.m. Wednesday where they found the teenager with a stab wound that punctured one of his lungs.

He was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center where he was in stable condition Wednesday.

The boy told police he had gotten into an argument with Brown earlier in the evening. Around 12:45 a.m. the teenager ran into Brown and his brother, Brown-Nettles around the 300 block of 11th Street and the two started arguing, according to police.

Brown sprayed the boy with pepper spray and Brown-Nettles stabbed him in the back before the two men ran away, leaving the 15-year-old at the scene, police said.

Police said the 15-year-old and Brown have known each other for a while.

This is not the first time Brown-Nettles has been charged with a violent crime.

In 2010, he was convicted of breaking into Judge David Basinski’s home in Elyria where he tried to rummage through items in the house before Basinski’s wife, Ellen, hit him in the head with a saucepan.

Brown-Nettles pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, robbery, three counts of theft and assault and sentenced to probation by Judge James Miraldi. At the sentencing, Miraldi told Brown-Nettles that if he got in trouble again, he was facing an eight-year sentence.

After the recent incident, Brown and Brown-Nettles were taken to Lorain County Jail. Brown-Nettles was being held on a $50,000 bond Wednesday until his court appearance at 1 p.m. Thursday in Elyria Municipal Court.

Brown was being held without bond. He has a court appearance Friday morning at Elyria Municipal Court.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.