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Franklin County (Pa.) District Attorney's Office asks that bail be denied for man in assault

James A. Dahm of Shippensburg, Pa., is accused of choking woman and pointing gun at her head

August 13, 2013

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Franklin County (Pa.) District Attorney’s Office is asking that bail be denied for a man accused of throwing a woman to the ground, choking her and pointing a pistol at her head.

James A. Dahm, 43, of Rice Road, Shippensburg, Pa., is charged with simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment, according to online court records.

He was being held Tuesday in the Franklin County Jail on $15,000 bail, court records show.

On Tuesday, the district attorney’s office filed a motion that Dahm’s bail be re-evaluated and denied altogether.

The motion details what allegedly happened in the Aug. 6 incident at Caledonia State Park, as well as homicidal and suicidal comments the defendant allegedly made to a nurse.

“That the defendant is alleged to have strangled the victim and held a gun to her head after asking her if she wished to die cannot be overstated,” the motion said.

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The district attorney’s office said it received information Dahm has an addiction to alcohol and is under the care of a psychiatrist for several disorders.

A Court of Common Pleas judge has not yet ruled on the motion.

Dahm waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday. At that time, Magisterial District Judge Duane Cunningham upheld the $15,000 bail amount set earlier by Magisterial District Judge Larry Pentz, the motion said.

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