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Roger Williams

Nelsonville man pleads guilty to attempted abduction

A Nelsonville man could spend nine years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted abduction.

Roger D. Williams, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted abduction as part of a plea agreement with the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office Tuesday.

Williams was originally charged with one count of aggravated burglary and one count of abduction for allegedly forcing his way into a woman’s residence on April 29. He allegedly struck her numerous times and prohibited her from leaving, according to court documents.

As part of the agreement, Williams’ aggravated burglary charged was dismissed and his abduction charge was reduced to attempted abduction. Williams’ suggested sentence is nine months in prison, with he getting credit for the 83 days he spent in jail, according to court documents.

Williams has 21 misdemeanor and five felony cases against him in the Athens Municipal Court, according to the court’s website. He was also found guilty of forgery and domestic violence in 2008 in common pleas court.

He is currently out of jail on bond.

He could have been sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison and a maximum fine of $30,000 if convicted of his original charges at a trial, according to the Ohio Revised Code.

Williams is due back in court for sentencing Dec. 5 at 1:30 p.m.


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