Teen convicted of murder gets time in isolation

Kovarbasich convicted of voluntary manslaughter

LORAIN, Ohio - A 17-year-old convicted killer and another Lorain County inmate are spending 40 days in isolation for violating jail rules.

Daniel Kovarbasich was convicted last year of voluntary manslaughter in the death of 55-year-old Duane Hurley, of North Ridgeville. Prosecutors said Kovarbasich stabbed Hurley several times with a pickle jar.

Jail officials said they found homemade knives made from pencils, and overheard Kovarbasich and the other talk about attacking a guard. The incident happened Friday morning.

The case has now been turned over to the Lorain County Prosecutor’s officer for review.

During the trial, then-16-year-old Kovarbasich took the stand and said Hurley had sexually abused him. In August, he was sentenced to five years probation and one year of incarceration until he’s placed in a treatment program. The teen also appeared on an episode of “Oprah.”

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