SOUTH BEND - Three cases highlighted the action in Pacific County Superior Court last Friday afternoon, including domestic violence, violation of a protection order, and possession of methamphetamine.
Robert K. Eulitz, 46, of Longview (most recently residing in a motor home in Long Beach) was arrested by deputies on March 16, 2015 and held for possible charges of harassment and fourth degree assault, domestic violence.
"We elected to charge second degree assault and harassment under the theory that when he picked up a propane torch and threatened to burn down his trailer it was also a threat to harm his girlfriend," said Pacific County Prosecutor Mark McClain.
"On May 1, 2015, we entered an agreement whereby Mr. Eulitz plead guilty to third degree assault, a felony, in exchange for a year-long prison sentence followed by a year on the Department of Corrections Community Custody whereby he will be required to complete a mental health as well as a drug and alcohol evaluation and comply with any recommend treatment," McClain explained.
"We spent a great deal of time working with the victim in this case to ensure this was the right outcome for her as well as for the case and I believe we struck the right balance of protecting the community and the victim while requiring treatment for Mr. Eulitz," McClain said.
Kenneth R. Plasch, 59, of Long Beach, entered a guilty plea felony violation of a protection order when he went to his father's home. A previous court ordered Plasch not to go onto the street where his father lives following several disputes with his neighbors that resulted in protection orders.
"While there was no altercation, Mr. Plasch has been ordered away from this area, which is why we would not let the matter go, but we did reduce the penalty from 33 to 43 months in prison to a one-year prison sentence," McClain said. "Three years in prison simply seemed too long for the violation, but I wanted Mr. Plasch to know that we do not intend to let his violations go unpunished."
Stacie M. Habermann, 43, of Kirkland, entered a guilty plea to possession of methamphetamine. Habermann had been arrested following a routine traffic stop and arrested when deputies discovered her driver's license was suspended. After placing Habermann into custody, the deputy located a small baggie of methamphetamine in her pants pocket.
Habermann initially claimed that it was not her pants and that the substance was not hers and she also called the deputy a crooked cop for stopping her in the first place.
Following her guilty plea, Habermann was ordered to serve 30 days in jail and 12 months of community custody.
"It is amazing how often people claim that the pants belonged to someone else, but in the end her plea tells a very different story and we believe that the sentence here, which is a first time offender sentence, was appropriate and hope that the year on community custody and drug treatment will change her ways," McClain said.