MILLERSBURG -- Looking into the face of the man she assaulted, a Killbuck woman who was high on LSD when she became violent with a Holmes County Sheriff's deputy responding to a disconnected 911 call in October, said she was sorry.
Kaetlyn M. Weber, 20, of 424 S. Main St., previously pleaded guilty in Holmes County Common Pleas Court to a single count of assault. The charge is made a fourth-degree felony because the victim, Mike Williams, was acting in the capacity of a deputy at the time. She returned to court Thursday for sentencing.
"You didn't think I was real," Williams told Weber of the moment he found her wandering in the middle of a bean field. And, while he tried to reassure her he was there to help, "You got violent with me and I had to hold you down."
Reading from a written letter of apology, Weber offered Williams her "sincerest apologies" for the "poor choices" she made.
"I've never made such a big mistake. It was reckless and irresponsible," she said of her decision to use drugs, also telling Williams, "I respect you and your work. I'm so sorry. Thank you."
At Weber's plea hearing, Judge Robert Rinfret referred to her as "a poster child for why not to do drugs."
And, while Weber has a good job, a 9-month-old child and no prior criminal record, Rinfret told her, There has to be a consequence for this."
He sentenced her to two years of community control sanctions, to include six months of electronically monitored home arrest and 50 hours of community service a year. She was ordered to pay all court costs and the fees and expenses of her court-appointed attorney.
He told Weber she could work her way off house arrest early, but also warned her that any community control violation could trigger the imposition of a 12-month prison sentence.
The charge stems from an Oct. 8 incident.
That's when Williams responded to a cornfield in the area of state Route 39 and Washington Township 466 after a 911 hangup call tracked to her cell phone, which was located in the area, according to Chief Deputy Richard Haun.
Williams yelled for Weber to come toward him, but as she approached, she reached out to touch him. He admonished her for doing so, at which time she sat on the ground and proceeded to ask him if he was a real person, said Haun.
Crying, Weber appeared distraught, prompting Williams to call for a squad.
Several times, according to Haun, Weber accused the deputy of not being real and attempted to hit him. And, as Williams attempted to confine her, a struggle ensued, during which time repeatedly resisted him. At one point, she unsuccessfully attempted to grab the deputy's gun.
She was eventually cuffed, secured and transported to the hospital, where she admitted to being under the influence of LSD, said Haun.
During the altercation with Weber, Williams' glasses were broken and the camera and radio he was carrying were disabled, said Haun, adding that while Williams suffered no visible injuries, he was examined at Pomerene Hospital.
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