By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — A Warsaw man received a four-year sentence after threatening a woman with a knife.
Jared Garrett, 20, 2441 W. CR 250S 161, Warsaw, was charged with domestic battery by means of a deadly weapon, a level 5 felony. Three additional criminal charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Garrett was sentenced in Kosciusko Superior Court One on Monday, June 7.
On Nov. 4, 2020, a Warsaw Police officer responded to a report of domestic battery at a residence. Upon arrival, the officer learned the incident was occurring in a vehicle.
According to court documents, the officer met with a woman who was battered by Garrett. She said she was fighting with Garrett when he pulled a knife on her.
The woman said she was driving Garrett to a relative’s home when he placed a knife against her throat. The woman had a visible scratch on the left side of her neck that was consistent with a knife scratch.
Officers then spoke with Garrett about the incident. Garrett admitted that he attempted to put the woman in a chokehold while holding a knife. However, he initially denied putting the knife to the woman’s neck.
During court proceedings, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Sobek noted that Garrett’s criminal history was extremely limited; he also said he had no objection to part of Garrett’s sentence being served through work release or community corrections.
Judge Pro Tempore Karen Springer sentenced Garrett to four years in the Kosciusko County Jail, with one year executed and three years suspended on probation. Garrett has 215 days of jail time credit in the case, plus good time credit as calculated. A no-contact order between Garrett and the woman, in this case, remains in effect.
“This is a very favorable plea agreement for you,” said Springer. “I hope you continue down the right path.”