MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 8/7/18 5:40 P.M.
A Middleport, Ohio, man is sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted murder and kidnapping charges in Meigs County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday.
The Meigs County prosecuting attorney’s office says Nathan Grimm, 32, participated in the kidnapping of a woman from a residence in the Long Bottom area in March.
Prosecutors say the woman was beaten, blindfolded and taken to Forked Run State Park near Reedsville, where Grimm pushed her off a cliff. The woman was seriously injured but survived.
Common Pleas Court Judge Judge I. Carson Crow sentenced Grimm to 11 years in prison for attempted murder, which is the maximum sentence. He also sentenced him to four years for kidnapping. The sentence will run consecutively.
The judge also sentenced Grimm to a year in prison for his guilty plea to an unrelated theft charge. That sentenced will run concurrent with the 15-year sentence.
The prosecuting attorney’s office say two co-defendants arrested along with Grimm are also still facing multiple felony charges.
Three people are arrested in Meigs County after allegedly kidnapping a woman and then dragging her out of a car and pushing her over a cliff in a dispute over money.
The Meigs County Sheriff's Office says Marissa Starcher, 34, Brooke Watson, 29, and Nathan Grimm, 31, allegedly blindfolded the woman and drove her to Forked Run Lake, where they dragged her out of the car and shoved her over a cliff.
The Sheriff's Office says the woman was able to get help by going to a nearby home.
The three suspects are also accused of beating the woman with a baseball bat and a broom, ripping hair off her scalp. The woman also told deputies that she was sexually assaulted.
All three suspects are charged with attempted murder, rape and kidnapping.
Deputies say the woman was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington and treated for a fractured arm and other injuries.