Before accepting the guilty plea to the reduced charge, Ruppert confirmed that there has been no contact with the victim and that Franklin police was in agreement with the reduced charge. James is facing a penalty of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine for the negligent assault charge.
Ruppert told James that he knows that a firearm was involved and that there was harm to the victim, but he wanted to know more about James’ background and ordered a pre-sentence investigation to be conducted.
James is scheduled to be sentenced on March 15.
Police Chief Russ Whitman said no others were involved in the Feb. 18 incident and that he did not expect any additional charges to be filed in the matter.
Whitman said police were dispatched Feb. 20 to the 600 block of Spring Avenue on a report of an assault at that address. However, James fled the scene. After police set up a perimeter with officers from several agencies in Warren County, James was eventually found and arrested.