MILLERSBURG -- A local woman accused of conspiring with another to assault and restrain her ex-boyfriend, preventing him from leaving an apartment at which they were staying temporarily, has denied related criminal charges.
Jamie L. Spears, 26, of 101 Lakeview Drive, Apt. F-33, Millersburg, pleaded not guilty Wednesday, March 22, in Holmes County Common Pleas Court to abduction and domestic violence. The abduction charge is a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in prison.
Spears, who is free on $10,000, is next scheduled to appear in court for a June 15 pretrial conference. A jury trial is scheduled for July 17.
The charges stem from a Feb. 15 incident. That's when the Millersburg Police Department was dispatched at 3:06 a.m. to a call for assistance made by Spears' 19-year-old boyfriend, who reported he was being chased by her.
On arrival, officers were told by the victim that he and Spears had been virtually homeless for several days and had gone to the apartment of Vernon Wilson, 54, 101 Lakeview Drive, Apt. F-38, Millersburg, to get warm and eat, according to Millersburg Police Chief S. Thomas Vaughn.
While there, an earlier argument between the two resurfaced, prompting Spears and Wilson to hold him down, against his will. He said he screamed for help, but his calls went unanswered, said Vaughn.
The victim also told officers Spears strangled him and grabbed him, preventing him from escaping out of a window and the door, said Vaughn, adding that during this contact a lens popped out of the man's glasses.
Eventually, the man said he was able to slip out of her grip and escape through the apartment door, said Vaughn.
Questioned about the allegations, Wilson confirmed the victim's suggestion Spears kept the victim from leaving the apartment, but he admitted to no direct involvement himself. Spears refused to provide a statement to police.
Although he was not arrested at the time, Wilson has since been charged in Holmes County Municipal Court with a single count of unlawful restraint. If convicted of the third-degree misdemeanor, he faces up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.
Wilson, who has pleaded not guilty, is next scheduled to appear in court for a March 28 pretrial conference.
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