SIDNEY — Two suspects from an assault in Sidney in March entered not-guilty pleas in Shelby County Common Pleas Court Thursday.
Johnny L. Harness, 31, and Samantha M. Rivera, 24, were picked up by police and the U.S. Marshals Service in Texas in July after fleeing Sidney after the incident in March, which they had also been indicted on charges in relation to.
On March 13 2016, the Sidney Police Department investigated a felonious assault incident that occurred near the rear parking lot of the post office near the corner of West Avenue and North Street. During the assault a 16-year-old Sidney male juvenile sustained life threatening injuries which resulted in being Care Flighted to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Fortunately after extensive medical intervention the male juvenile has made a full recovery.
As a result of the investigation into the assault, felony arrest warrants were issued for Harness and Rivera. Harness was charged with felonious assault, a felony of the second degree, and Rivera was charged with obstructing justice, a felony of the third-degree.
Harness’s bond was set at $25,000 and Rivera’s was set at $10,000, pursuant to the bond schedule. No further dates have been scheduled in their cases. The Shelby County Public Defender’s Office will be representing Rivera, and an appointed attorney will be representing Harness, as to not create a conflict.
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