Plea agreement filed in battery case

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A plea agreement has been filed in the case of a Spencer man accused of holding a Cloverdale woman against her will and battering her.

Under the terms of the agreement, Charles M. Collins, 41, will plead guilty to Class D felony criminal confinement and Class A misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily injury, while a charge of Class D felony strangulation will be dropped.

Sentencing on the two charges will be left up to the court, and could result in Collins being sent to jail for up to four years.

The charges against Collins stem from a Jan. 17 incident that occurred at the alleged victim's apartment. According to court documents, Collins held a woman hostage in her apartment and beat her throughout the night before she was able to summon help.

An affidavit of probable cause said an eyewitness saw Collins and the alleged victim at a Cloverdale gas station. The witness told police she saw Collins and the alleged victim have an altercation, and that the alleged victim was "obviously in distress."

Court records said the alleged victim sustained several injuries at Collins' hand, including two black eyes, various scratches and bruises and swelling to her lower lip and the bridge of her nose.

Collins was arrested in February, and has been lodged at the Putnam County Jail ever since.

At his initial hearing his bond was set at $15,000 with 10 percent authorized. Putnam County Circuit Court Judge Matt Headley denied a request by Collins' court-appointed attorney Melinda Jackman-Hanlin for a bond reduction on Feb. 23, and Headley increased Collins' bond to $15,000 cash only.

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  • If he's pleading guilty, why is the victim "alleged"?

    -- Posted by unbiased on Thu, Apr 16, 2009, at 1:27 PM
  • Well, she hasn't quite got the grasp of rewriting the court news stories yet. At least it is not quite verbatim this time.A lot of this is from the April 1,2009 version but then again how much more can you add to this story. I do hope the "alleged" victim is recovering from this ordeal.

    -- Posted by citizenoftheworld on Thu, Apr 16, 2009, at 8:13 PM
  • This man is my neighbor. I never would've imagined he would do this. Guess that shows you how well you really know someone. His poor dog is still at his home. Penned up for months now. People have been throwing food and water in for him every once in awhile. Anyone have any sugggestions on what to do with his dog if he is sentenced for years?

    -- Posted by just because on Mon, Apr 20, 2009, at 12:50 PM
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