MILLERSBURG -- A Millersburg man on Wednesday, March 22, denied forcing his way into his ex-girlfriend's home in February.
Cody Stokovich, 27, of 6978 State Route 241, pleaded not guilty in Holmes County Common Pleas Court to burglary, trespassing into a habitation, menacing by stalking, aggravated menacing and two counts each of criminal damaging or endangering and domestic violence.
If convicted, he faces up to eight years in prison on the most serious charge, which is a second-degree felony.
The charges stem from a Feb. 23 incident and a series of incidents leading up to that.
On Feb. 23, the Holmes County Sheriff's Office was called at 9:56 a.m. to a residence along North Railroad Street for a burglary in progress. He had reportedly forced entry to the home by breaking down a side door, said Chief Deputy Richard Haun.
The woman and a 5-year-old child were hiding in a closet when he came in, according to the woman, who identified Stokovich, who proceeded to yell at her and call her names once he'd entered the residence, said Haun.
Stokovich, who was gone once deputies arrived, reportedly continued to call and harass the woman while she spoke to responding officers, said Haun, adding the woman and Stokovich have two children together, but have not been involved since October.
Arrested later that day, Stokovich made no statements about his alleged involvement.
Currently free on a $50,000 bond, which includes a no-contact provision, Stokovich is next scheduled to appear in court for a June 15 pretrial conference. A jury trial is scheduled for July 17.
Earlier Wednesday, Stokovich appeared in Holmes County Municipal Court, where he pleaded guilty to a single charge of possession of marijuana, stemming from a March 18 incident in Monroe Township.
He is next scheduled to appear for a pretrial in that case on April 5.
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