Senter was arrested Friday, Oct. 12, after a woman called police to report her neighbor, Tamara Wood, 306 S. Smith St., Leesburg, was being held against her will by her boyfriend, identified as Senter.
When deputies were able to get Senter to come outside of her home, Wood also exited and appeared to be very disoriented and her neck and face were covered in bruises. Wood told police she had been confined to the residence for almost three days during which Senter allegedly struck her several times as well as strangled her to the point where she almost lost consciousness.
In Kosciusko County Superior Court III this afternoon, Senter told Judge Joe Sutton his physical address is different than what was on his booking sheet and what has been entered with the court. Senter said his physical address is 306 S. Smith St., Leesburg.
The judge read Senter his charges, which include two Class D felonies: battery with a prior conviction and strangulation; a Class C felony charge of battery resulting in bodily injury, and a Class A misdemeanor charge of battery.
Senter requested a public defender saying he was employed part-time at Bradford Outdoor Creations at the time of his arrest. He said he has no money saved and no assets, but did note he still has unpaid court courts and fines totaling between $2,000 and $3,000.
Judge Sutton appointed attorney Scott Smith at Senter’s public defender and entered not guilty pleas on his behalf.
Sutton did tell Senter the Class D felonies against him could be plead down to Class A misdemeanors if no previous felony was plead down. If convicted, Senter faces up to 8 years in prison for a C felony, up to three years in prison for each Class D felony charge, and up to one year for a Class A misdemeanor. Fines of at least $15,000 are also possible.
Senter was ordered to attend a pretrial conference at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, and a status conference scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17.
Senter is currently being held on a $100,000 bond.