|Pemberville man given 12 months for assault|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Tuesday, 13 May 2014 09:39|
A Pemberville man was sentenced to 12 months in prison following a November assault incident in downtown Bowling Green.
Christopher Bell, 26, appeared in the courtroom of Wood County Judge Reeve Kelsey.
Bell pleaded guilty in March to an amended charge of assault, a fourth-degree felony. He had been indicted on an additional count of felonious assault, which was dropped as part of a plea agreement.
The charge stemmed from a Nov. 13, 2013, incident on North Main Street in which Bell reportedly accosted another man outside of a downtown business and pulled a knife on him.
The pair struggled and Bell fled the scene. The victim received a small cut on the finger and refused medical attention.
Police later caught up with Bell, who was tased because he was reportedly combative and attempted to spit on officers.
The 12-month sentence was jointly recommended by prosecuting attorney Tom Matuszak and Bell's counsel, Heather Pentycofe. He is also to pay a $1,000 fine, and was given credit for time served.
Pentycofe indicated that a pending theft charge against Bell in Bowling Green Municipal Court, which he incurred last month while out on his own recognizance awaiting sentencing, is likely to be dismissed.
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