LIMA — A Lima nurse who admitted he used his vehicle to strike a parked car as his wife attempted to enter it, causing her to suffer substantial injuries, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony count of felonious assault.
James Boroff, 39, faces a prison term of between 2-12 years when he is sentenced Oct. 17 in Allen County Common Pleas Court.
Boroff and Tuesday accepted a deal from prosecutors that called for him to enter the guilty plea in exchange for the state’s dismissal of an identical felonious assault charge as well as a misdemeanor charge of violating a protection order. Prosecutors also agreed not to pursue a charge of escape after Boroff reportedly cut off an ankle monitor he had been ordered to wear as part of his house arrest pending trial.
Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Anthony Miller said the deal was offered after “extensive conversations” with the victim in the case, Karla Boroff. “What we have fashioned is a sentence the victim would like to see,” Miller said.
Judge Jeffrey Reed said new sentencing guidelines put in place earlier this year call for an “indefinite” minimum sentence of between 2-8 years in prison, and a maximum equal to an additional one-half of the number of years imposed as a minimum.
Reed told Boroff that there is a “presumption that you’ll get out (of prison) after serving the minimum.”
A pre-sentence investigation was ordered.
In late June of this year James Boroff reportedly attempted to injure Karla, his wife of several years, in a fit of rage following a domestic dispute. During an Aug. 5 hearing in Allen County Common Pleas Court, the woman said her husband had been acting “unstable … homicidal and suicidal” in the days leading up to the alleged incident.
Boroff was released on bond following the alleged assault and his wife subsequently obtained a “no-contact” protection order, which testimony showed her husband violated on more than one occasion.
He was arrested again in the early morning hours of July 17. Court records show a homemade crack pipe was found in Boroff’s vehicle following a traffic stop and that the Lima man reportedly told police he was “out searching for his wife … because he wanted to catch her cheating.”
Boroff was again taken to jail, and again reportedly violated the protection order by contacting his wife on multiple occasions.
He was released on bond against in August and placed on house arrest, with a strict set of limitations imposed by Judge Terri Kohlrieser. Boroff’s bond was revoked again on Sept. 3 after he reportedly removed an electronic ankle monitoring device.