WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Trumbull County judge sentenced a defendant on Tuesday for a home invasion that led to the murder of a Warren man.
Ronique Requel was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The sentence was handed down by Judge Andrew Logan, following a recommendation by prosecutors.
Requel was found guilty earlier this month of six charges including aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and having weapons under disability.
The charges stem from the February 5 shooting death of Adam Spaid. Police initially responded to a reported burglary at Spaid’s house on Milton Street SE home. Prosecutors have said at least five people went into the house.
Spaid was found inside the house, shot multiple times. He was taken to the hospital where he passed away.
Prosecutors said Requel was caught trying to escape the house with the murder weapon, along with $4,500 in cash.
According to a sentencing memorandum in the case, the group’s plan was to force their way into the house after posing as a food delivery driver to steal a large sum of money that Spaid had in the home. Spaid saw the person at the door from a camera and assumed the person had the wrong house, however.
The prosecutor’s memorandum said the group then decided to kick open the door, and Requel fired the stolen gun that he had toward the upstairs, where Spaid had been with his girlfriend.
Spaid, who also had a gun, fired back but ran out of bullets and was hit by one fired from the gun that Requel had, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said Requel fired at least 21 times inside the home.
A doctor testified in the case that Spaid had been shot 10 times.
Spaid’s girlfriend, who was at the home during the killing, read a prepared statement in court saying the day changed her life.
“Fear has taken over me, and I was too afraid to leave my bed, let alone my house,” she said.
She added that she and Spaid had planned to marry and begin a family.
Prosecutors had recommended the life sentence, saying Requel continued to lie about what happened after his arrest, trying to portray himself as the victim. Prosecutor Chris Becker also alleged in his sentencing memorandum that Requel had someone contact one of the jurors while the trial was being held.
In addition, Requel was on probation, prosecutors wrote.
Brian Oehlbeck contributed to this report.