LIMA — A Lima man charged with two counts of rape was moments away from accepting a deal from prosecutors Thursday when he had a last-minute change of heart.
Buck Asmann, 21, reportedly had agreed behind closed doors to a negotiated deal that called for him to plead guilty to a single count of rape in exchange for the state’s dismissal of a second count and a charge of tampering with evidence. In court, Asmann listened intently for nearly a half-hour as Allen County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Reed explained in detail the constitutional rights the defendant would be giving up should he elect to plead guilty to the rape charge.
Asmann agreed to the majority of the terms and conditions he heard from the judge, but appeared to balk upon learning that the indefinite prison term to which he could be sentenced upon pleading guilty ranged from 3 to 16 1/2 years. After conferring with his court-appointed attorney, Carroll Creighton, Asmann told the judge he would “need a few days” to more adequately weigh the offer put forth by prosecutors.
Asmann was arraigned June 20 on an indictment that alleges that on or about April 15 he “did engage in sexual conduct with another … by force or threat of force.” A tentative trial date of Oct. 8 looms for the Lima man.
Following the defendant’s’s earlier appearance in Lima Municipal Court, Judge Tammie Hursh ordered the affidavit in support of an arrest warrant for Asmann to be sealed, based on the belief that the release of that information “could seriously jeopardize the investigation, as well as prejudice all parties involved in the case.”