LIMA — A Lima man who police say forced his way into the home of a female acquaintance and “inflicted physical harm” on the woman and a male friend faces up to five years behind bars after pleading to a reduced charge Monday.
Terrick Ellis, 43, was indicted in September by a grand jury on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated burglary. Ellis pleaded guilty Monday to an amended count of simple burglary, a second-degree felony.
Under the terms of a negotiated plea deal with prosecutors, Ellis faces a maximum prison term of five years when he is sentenced Dec. 27. He could also be fined up to $15,000.
According to as Lima Police Department account of the incident. officers were dispatched on the afternoon of July 22 to a home on North Union Street in reference to an assault. Upon their arrival, officers learned Tasha Owens and Dacin Rodney had been assaulted by Ellis.
Owens told police she and Rodney were in the home watching television when Ellis began pounding on the door and subsequently broke a glass window on the front door and entered the residence. The occupants hid in the bathroom, but Ellis located them and slapped Owens in the face, according to police reports. Rodney attempted to defend the woman, and he also was struck by Ellis in the face.
Police found blood on the floor of the home. Ellis, who had fled the scene before police arrived, was taken into custody the following day by his parole officer for a failure to appear warrant which had been issued in Lima Municipal Court. He had a cut on his hand “which was consistent with someone who punched a glass window,” according to the police report.
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