Update: The mastermind of a murder-for-hire plot gone wrong was found guilty this week by a jury in Geauga County.
Joe Rosebrook will be sentenced soon on two charges of aggravated murder, two charges of kidnapping and one charge oc conspiracy.
The 2006 murder of Daniel Ott, who was 31 at the time, was in a Scene feature story last month called "Northeast Ohio's 50 Most Frustrating Cold Cases." Here's what writer James Renner said about it (emphasis ours):
38. Why Was Dan Ott Murdered?
Crime Scene: Burton, May 26, 2006.
The Mystery: 31-year-old Dan Ott was about to move to Michigan to work at a greenhouse. Most of his belongings were already packed up and he was sleeping on an air mattress with his girlfriend when a masked man dressed in camouflage broke into their house on Claridon-Troy Road. The intruder bound Dan's hands together with duct tape. When Dan tried to fight back, the masked man shot him in the chest with a shotgun and fled the scene. Some investigators believe Dan's death was the result of mistaken identity, after a hitman was sent to kill another man named Dan Ott.
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We bolded the part about mistaken identity because that's what Geauga County Sheriff Dan McClelland believes to be the case. In a statement to Renner, McClelland says that's why this Daniel Ott was killed, and that some people out of state were also involved in his death:
We are in the stage of rounding up suspects right now. Three have been arrested, there will be more. In Ohio and outside of the state. It has been a long time coming. Meticulous investigation. It was taken to the prosecutor a couple weeks ago. We've been investigating this as a case of mistaken identity that led to murder and nothing about that has changed.
The names of those arrested have not been released yet, and the case has yet to be presented to a grand jury.
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