Intimidation case sentencing set
A Russellville man accused of pulling a knife on a woman and threatening to kill her will be sentenced Dec. 18.
Michael L. Smith, 30, is charged with two counts of Class C felony intimidation and one count of Class D felony domestic violence.
If convicted on all counts, he could be sentenced to up to 19 years in prison.
Smith was in Putnam County Circuit Court Monday for a change of plea hearing. He originally pled not guilty to the charges at a pretrial conference on Oct. 21, and his bond was set at $25,000 cash. He has been in jail since his arrest.
According to court documents, police were dispatched to an incident in the 400 block of East 3rd Street, Russellville, shortly after 8 p.m. on Oct. 20.
The alleged victim told officers Smith had "pulled out a knife in front of her kids," court documents said. The alleged victim went on to tell officers that Smith had threatened to kill her and himself with the knife, which was described as a fixed blade knife approximately 5 inches in length.
The alleged victim also said Smith "grabbed her and pinned her down on the bed and stuck the knife to her leg and threatened to kill her," court documents said.
The altercation took place in front of the alleged victim's three minor children.
In December 2004, Smith was convicted of intimidation with a deadly weapon.
Under the terms of a plea agreement, felony charges of criminal confinement, theft and an additional count of intimidation with a deadly weapon were dropped.
He received a two-year sentence, and with time served and Indiana good time credit was released from jail in May 2005.