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Pleas entered in assault cases

Nearly seven months after an aggravated assault offense at West Whitlock, a plea agreement was made during court in Potter County on Monday morning.
Robert E. Drew, age 75, appeared with his attorney, Jeffrey Sveen before Judge John Brown. Drew had been indicted on charges of assault, domestic abuse, disorderly conduct, possession of a loaded firearm while intoxicated, and reckless use of weapons. The charges stemmed from an incident on May 24 at a river resort west of Gettysburg where it was alleged that Drew approached a man, placed a gun under his chin, and then discharged the weapon beside the man’s head.
Drew pleaded guilty to Count 1, which was the offense of aggravated assault. All other charges were dropped.
The aggravated assault charge is a Class 3 felony, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.
Judge Brown found him guilty in accordance with his plea. Drew’s lawyer requested a suspended imposition of sentence, however, a pre-sentence report was requested by the judge before a sentence was imposed. Sentencing was set for Feb. 24.
Teddie Chris Frederick, age 19, faced charges of domestic abuse simple assault in addition to a revocation hearing on previous charges for which he violated probation.
Frederick was on probation for DUI and assault against a law enforcement officer but probation was broken when he tested positive for THC, the chemical found in marijuana, and also failed PBTs, also known as breathalyzer tests, as part of the 24/7 program.
He entered a plea of guilty to the new charge of simple assault domestic for an incident on Sept. 28 when it was alleged that he had an altercation with his girlfriend in which he punched or kicked her in the head, held her down and wouldn’t let go, and she was pushed down stairs. The charge is a Class 1 misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
Michael Larson, court appointed attorney for Frederick, told the court that they accepted the conditions of the state and asked that jail time be served after Christmas so Frederick could spend it with his newborn son and girlfriend.
Potter County States Attorney Craig Smith said that alcohol has been a reoccurring problem with the 19-year-old, and recommended incarceration to be in Hughes County to get a feel for a larger jail. He also suggested that this be a “last chance.”
Frederick was sentenced to continue probation on the condition that all parts of it be extended another year, and he must obtain a high school diploma or GED, maintain employment or full time attendance at school, pay the court appointed attorney, pay court costs, plus a $500 fine. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 60 suspended, and will begin serving 30 days in the Hughes County jail on Jan. 6. In addition he is required to get updated chemical dependency and anger control evaluations.
-Molly McRoberts

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