Ohio Man Could Face Death Penalty in Slaying of 1-Year-Old: Prosecutor

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
November 13, 2017 Updated: November 13, 2017

An Ohio man who was captured in Pennsylvania could get the death penalty for the slaying of his girlfriend’s 1-year-old daughter.

Joshua Gurto, 37, is being accused in the death of Sereniti Jazzlynn-Sky Blankenship-Sutley, as reported by The Associated Press. He was indicted several days ago.

Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nicholas Iarocci said Thursday that Joshua Gurto said that he could face the death penalty if he’s convicted of aggravated murder in the Oct. 7 death. He faces other charges including felonious assault, domestic violence, and sexual assault.

Gurto was arrested Oct. 27 in Alleghany County, Pennsylvania, after he was spotted in a convenience store.

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He was spotted on surveillance camera footage after spending 3 weeks on the lam. He was arrested one day later. (Ohio Police)

A coroner said Seriniti died from blunt force trauma to her head and body. She was later pronounced dead at a hospital near Cleveland.

Gurto was taken to the Ashtabula County Jail on Thursday from Allegheny County, the prosecutor said.

Prior to his capture, he had spent three weeks on the run.

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Joshua Gurto in a later booking photo in Ohio. (Ashtabula County)

It’s not clear if he has an attorney.

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Kelsie, the mother, isn’t facing charges (Facebook)

Gurto’s arraignment will take place in “the near future,” the prosecutor’s office said, according to the Daily Mail.

Gurto was dating Sereniti’s mother, Kelsie, when her baby daughter died.

She’s not facing any charges.

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(Police photo)

According to Fox8, he faces two counts of aggravated murder, an unclassified felony offense; three counts of murder, an unclassified felony offense, one count of rape, a first-degree felony; one count of felonious assault, a first-degree felony; and one count of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Fox8 reported that a local Grand Jury has indicted Gurto on two separate death penalty specifications.

WKYC reported that when he was arrested, he didn’t put up a fight. Police found a tent, a map of New Jersey, and a map of Pennsylvania.