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Man accused of pushing woman through window gets prison time

April 25, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

A 20-year-old man accused of robbing a woman and pushing her through a plate-glass window last December will serve five years in prison after being found guilty Thursday on a second-degree assault charge in Washington County Circuit Court.

Jason Kison Bucks, of no fixed address, originally was charged with first-degree and second-degree assault, robbery, malicious destruction of property and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia in the Dec. 12 incident.

Only three charges were presented to jurors Thursday. The jury found Bucks guilty of second-degree assault but acquitted him of first-degree assault and robbery.

Judge Donald E. Beachley sentenced Bucks to 10 years in prison, but suspended five years of his sentence. Beachley also imposed three years probation after Bucks is released from prison.

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Police were called to the first block of East Franklin Street on Dec. 12 to find Clarissa Harvey bleeding heavily from cuts to her face and arm, according to police reports at the time.

In court documents, police said Harvey had been hit by Bucks, robbed of a $10 bill, and when she gave chase, Bucks pushed her through a window, cutting her face and arm.

In closing arguments to the jury, Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Theresa Adams asked the jury to find Bucks guilty of all three crimes.

"We know (Harvey's) face went through a window," Adams said. And Bucks' actions afterward - running from the scene of the alleged crime - would lead one to believe that Harvey's version of events "is what happened. He was trying to run away."

Bucks' attorney, Mary Drawbaugh, argued to the jury that because there only were two witnesses - Bucks and Harvey - "we don't know what happened."

She also pointed out that police never recovered a key piece of evidence: the $10 bill.

- Gregory T. Simmons

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