Marshfield man faces felony charge after allegedly trying to stab girlfriend
By Adam Hocking
MARSHFIELD — A Marshfield man faces a felony charge of second degree reckless endagerment as well as misdemeanor charges for battery and disorderly conduct after allegedly trying to stab his girlfriend in his home.
According to the criminal complaint, the girlfriend of Jairo Mayorga Ortiz, 32, said he was drinking heavily on March 27 and made threatening comments to her, including threatening to kill her. The girlfriend told a Marshfield police officer that Ortiz “always accuses her of cheating on him, and he was making these accusations again on this day.”
The girlfriend reportedly told police that Ortiz had “been violent with her in the past.”
The girlfriend left the residence, according to the complaint, but later returned. Upon her return Ortiz reportedly picked up a large kitchen knife and lunged at her, attempting to stab her in the neck. The girlfriend said she was able to grab onto the knife but still sustained a cut to her neck.
Ortiz is scheduled to appear in Wood County Circuit Court for a pretrial conference on June 3, and his 12-person jury trial is scheduled to begin on July 27.
Second degree reckless endagerment carries a maximum penalty of a $25,000 fine or a 10 year prison sentence or both. For the misdemeanor battery charge, Ortiz faces a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine or a nine-month prison sentence or both. A maximum of six months imprisonment could be added to the battery charge because the alleged crime involved use of a dangerous weapon.
For the misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge, Ortiz faces a possible fine of $1,000, a 90-day prison sentence, or both.