Man Pleads To Misdemeanor Charge in Ohio County

Jason Lee Petrock’s September felony indictment will be dismissed per a plea agreement filed Friday.

As part of the agreement, Petrock, 38, a pipeliner from western Pennsylvania, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor domestic battery in Ohio County Magistrate Court, according to his attorney, Bill Metzner Sr.

That plea was part of an agreement he reached with Assistant Prosecutor Gail Kahle, which Circuit Judge David Sims accepted Friday, Metzner said. Next, Sims will formally dismiss Petrock’s two-count indictment of felony strangulation and misdemeanor domestic battery.

Petrock was residing with the victim, who was his girlfriend, at the time of the battery, and has said his actions against her were in self-defense.

Details of the agreement were based on “difficulties with the alleged victim in her ability to remember and to testify,” Metzner said, referring to the victim’s testimony at a probable-cause hearing.

On Friday, after Petrock’s plea, Magistrate Harry Radcliffe sentenced him to 30 days in jail. The sentence was suspended and Petrock was placed on unsupervised probation for six months, Metzner said.

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