MILLERSBURG -- A Killbuck man on Tuesday admitted to his role in a February fight in the Holmes County Jail, where he's currently incarcerated on pending allegations of sexual misconduct with a teenage girl.
David Phillips, 29, of 151° S. Main St., pleaded no contest in Holmes County Municipal Court to a single count of assault. He was convicted by Judge Andrew Hyde, who imposed a jointly recommended sentence of 30 days in jail. Hyde also fined Phillips $200 and ordered him to pay the associated court costs.
The charge stems from a Feb. 24 incident that occurred in the day area of the Holmes County Jail.
On that evening, inmate Blair Snyder, 23, of 922 ° Nold Ave., Wooster, reportedly was hit three times in the head by fellow inmate Wilber Quinteros, 37, of 12823 State Route 39, Big Prairie, after Snyder allegedly asked Quinteros about his racial origin, said Chief Deputy Richard Haun.
During the altercation, Phillips allegedly intervened. He punched Snyder in the face after Snyder allegedly spit in his face, said Haun.
In response to Phillips' plea, Holmes County Victim Advocate Andy Zedella said he had not discussed Phillips' plea deal with the victim, but said the Sheriff's Office indicated Snyder did not suffer any injury requiring treatment and the jail incurred no additional costs associated with the incident.
Quinteros, also charged with assault stemming from the jail incident. He has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree misdemeanor, and the case is scheduled for a May 12 bench trial.
Quinteros currently is in the jail serving a six-month sentence for aggravated menacing after he admittedly threatened a Holmes County children services worker.
Phillips is awaiting trial on outstanding charges of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a minor. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the charges, which allege he sex and exchanged nude photos with a 14-year-old girl.
Snyder was serving a 90-day sentence for a probation violation stemming from an earlier criminal damaging conviction. He was released from the jail on March 20.
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