LIMA — A Waynesfield man originally charged with attempted murder for threats made and actions taken against his ex-wife could spend as many as 22 years behind bars or as few as three when he is sentenced in December.
Dale R. Agnew, 48, entered pleas of guilty Tuesday in Allen County Common Pleas Court to first-degree felony counts of kidnapping and aggravated burglary. In exchange for those pleas, prosecutors dismissed the attempted murder charge and a lesser count of possession of criminal tools.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Anthony Miller said the negotiated resolution to the case was made after “extensive conversations with the victim and her family.” Miller said Lisa Agnew is in “complete agreement with the settlement and somewhat helped fashion it.”
Judge Terri Kohlrieser will sentence Agnew on Dec. 6. Each of the two first-degree felonies carry prison terms of between three and 11 years. Kohlrieser could order the sentences to be served at the same time or could order them served consecutively to one another.
Agnew’s ordeal began when he appeared in Lima Municipal Court on Aug. 22, 2018, to answer to a charge of kidnapping. Court documents alleged Agnew did “by force, threat or deception” remove or restrain Lisa Agnew from a location with the intent to “terrorize or to inflict serious physical harm upon the victim.”
Since that time, Agnew has undergone two competency evaluations. The first evaluation determined he was not competent to stand trial but suggested he was “restorable.” A second evaluation submitted to the court in April ruled that Agnew was now determined to be competent to stand trial.
The rural Waynesfield man in June pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the charges against him and waived his rights to a speedy trial in Allen County Common Pleas Court. He forfeited that right by entering guilty pleas on Tuesday.
Agnew was indicted Sept. 13, 2018, by an Allen County grand jury.