In April 2010, Columbus resident Dominic Hold-Reid reportedly became enraged after his then-girlfriend Yolanda Burgess got pregnant and refused to have an abortion. The couple already had a 5-year-old son, and after driving together to drop him off at school, Holt-Reid pulled a gun on the woman and forced her to drive to the clinic. Clinic staff called police after Burgess passed them a note saying she had been threatened and didnâ€™t want to go through with the procedure. Holt-Reid was subsequently arrested in the clinic parking lot in possession of a .45 handgun. In sentencing, the Judge rejected Holt-Reidâ€™s defense attorneyâ€™s argument that his client was guilty of much less serious domestic violence charges that had nothing to do with the fetus his girlfriend was carrying.
Defense attorneys argued that, at worst, Holt-Reid committed the crimes of aggravated menacing and coercion for the threats he made against Yolanda Burgess in October. â€œThis is a run-of-the-mill domestic violence case,â€ Shoemaker said. â€œThe mother is emotionally worked up but the babyâ€™s not harmed in any way.â€
But the judge said he couldnâ€™t ignore a piece of evidence that the Defense introduced during his statement, the contents of a text message Burgess sent to her sister the morning Holt-Reid forced her to go to the clinic.
â€œIf anything happens to me, Dominic Reid did it,â€ said the text.
The judge in the case said that the text showed the amount of fear Burgess was experiencing the morning of the incident.
Burgess, who was who was three months pregnant and 26 years old at the time, did not go through with the procedure but instead passed a note to a clinic employee, who called police.Yolanda Burgess has since delivered a healthy baby girl.
I guess Lil Wayne said it best “Safe sex is great sex, better wear a latex ’cause you don’t want that late text, that “I think I’m late” text!” So before you lay down remember the possiblities! Comment Below and Tell Me What You Think!
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