Woman sent to prison for attacking deputy

By Nick Walton - nwalton@civitasmedia.com

A local resident was ordered to serve prison time this week for attacking a Champaign County deputy earlier this year.

On Monday, Connie J. Lewis, 29, of St. Paris, was sentenced to prison for six months for a fourth degree felony assault charge.

On March 30, sheriff’s deputies went to Lewis’ residence on a welfare check called in by a truancy officer advising that children had not been to school in three days.

According to a court statement filed in the Champaign County Municipal Court, dispatch advised deputies that Lewis had an outstanding warrant from the Ohio State Patrol. After being informed of the warrant, Lewis was advised she could gather items, smoke a cigarette and say goodbye to her children.

As she gathered items, Lewis began walking into the kitchen area where a deputy was standing and grabbed a set of keys. The deputy asked why she needed the keys, to which Lewis replied “so she could drive home from jail.”

After deputies stated that it was time to leave, Lewis reportedly began walking into a bedroom and grabbed another cigarette to smoke. Lewis was told she was under arrest and ordered to put the cigarette down.

After beginning to light the cigarette, deputies attempted to escort Lewis out of the residence. She continued to resist and not comply with orders and at one point “mule kicked” a deputy twice in his right shin area.

While Lewis was being placed in a patrol vehicle, she began kicking the door and yelling at deputies.

Lewis was indicted in April for assault and a first degree misdemeanor possession of drugs charge. She pleaded guilty to both charges on June 13.

In addition to the prison sentence, Lewis’ driver’s license was suspended for six months. Upon her release, Lewis is subject to post release control for a period of up to three years.

By Nick Walton


Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.