MILLERSBURG -- After serving nearly three months of an 18-month prison term, a Millersburg woman who admitted escaping from a police car after being arrested for assaulting another woman was granted early release from custody.
The prison sentence was handed down in September after Ella Sheaffer-Quinteros, 28, formerly of 5412 County Road 120, pleaded guilty in Holmes County Common Pleas Court to charges of escape and assault. In exchange for her guilty plea, a single count of domestic violence and two counts of child endangering were dismissed. The dismissed charges all were made more serious because of a 2015 child endangering conviction.
At the time of her sentencing, Sheaffer-Quinteros already had served 76 days in the Holmes County Jail.
Asked about her experience in prison, Sheaffer-Quinteros said it was "horrible."
Judge Robert Rinfret granted her request for early release, placing her on five years of probation and reminding her she has the remainder of her prison term hanging over her head if she fails to comply with the terms of her probation.
"Ms. Quinteros, you're on a short leash here," said Rinfret, who also inquired as to the whereabouts of her three children, who now are in the custody of children services and placed with a relative.
Her husband, Wilber Quinteros, currently is under indictment in the Holmes County Common Pleas Court on a single count of aggravated menacing. The charge stems from threats he allegedly made against a children services worker in July, immediately after the children were removed from the home.
If convicted of the fifth-degree felony, he faces up to a year in prison. He is next scheduled to appear in court for a Jan. 18 pretrial conference.
The charges against Sheaffer-Quinteros all stem from a Feb. 15 incident. That's when a deputy was dispatched to a residence along Moose Drive in Killbuck, where her husband reported she punched him in the face and came after him with a kitchen knife after he confronted her with allegations of infidelity. This, according to the report, took place in the presence of two children, ages 6 and 4, according to Chief Deputy Richard Haun, of the Holmes County Sheriff's Office.
After obtaining a statement from the man, the deputy proceeded next door, where she found Sheaffer-Quinteros arguing with her aunt. In front of the deputy, Sheaffer-Quinteros smashed the woman's hands in a door and then continued to fight with the woman in the yard, said Haun.
She was arrested, cuffed and placed in the back of the deputy's cruiser, where she was left while the deputy went back into the house to obtain a statement from and take photos of the injuries inflicted on the other woman, said Haun.
It was during this time, Sheaffer-Quinteros slipped out of the handcuffs, climbed through a window separating the back from the front seat of the cruiser, exited the car and fled on foot. Following a brief chase and a call from a Grover Street resident, who reported Sheaffer-Quinteros was at that home, she was again placed in custody and transported to the Holmes County Jail.
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