Couple plead guilty in elder assault case

First Posted: 3/18/2015

LIMA — A man and woman accused of holding an elderly woman against her will while assaulting and robbing her have pleaded guilty to felonious assault.

Dawn M. Reser, 46, and William D. Sheets, 57, both of 1118 Atlantic Ave., pleaded guilty to felonious assault, a second-degree felony that carries up to eight years in prison.

Reser entered her plea Wednesday and Sheets pleaded guilty Friday. In exchange for the pleas, prosecutors dropped charges of theft from an elderly person and kidnapping.

Both are scheduled to be sentenced April 30.

The crimes were discovered when the 66-year-old woman began yelling for help while at Save-A-Lot at 830 S. Elizabeth St., on Oct. 15. Police were called and rescued the woman, Lima Police Maj. Chip Protsman said.

The woman was taken to the hospital for treatment and later interviewed. The two were using her Social Security card to make purchases, Protsman said.

The woman was living in a home with the couple but was not allowed to leave. She was denied food and physically assaulted to the level it reached a felony, Protsman said.

The victim was assaulted and Social Security benefits of more than $1,000 were taken between June 1 and Oct. 15, according to court records.

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