Bond $130K; accused attacker still in jail

By HEATHER CHAPIN-FOWLER hrcfowler@aol.com HURON A Huron man indicted for attempted murder and other charges in connection with a brutal attack on a woman was granted bond by an Erie County Common Pleas judge.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 22, 2010

 

 

By HEATHER CHAPIN-FOWLER

hrcfowler@aol.com

HURON

A Huron man indicted for attempted murder and other charges in connection with a brutal attack on a woman was granted bond by an Erie County Common Pleas judge.

Michael Barrett, 57, Linden Drive, remains in the Erie County jail for the April 13 incident in lieu of a $130,000 bond, according to spokeswomen for the jail and court.

Barrett was indicted this month by an Erie County grand jury on charges of attempted murder, felonious assault, attempted rape, abduction, disrupting a public service and a specification of being a repeat violent offender.

Barrett is to appear for a hearing at 1:30 p.m. Monday, according to a court spokeswoman.

Nikki Sheffield suffered facial injuries and a broken nose after the attack. Despite her attempts to evict him, Barrett continued living with Sheffield at her Linden Drive home after the two broke off their romantic involvement, according to Sheffield and Huron police.

After Barrett became enraged while drinking, he allegedly threatened to kill Sheffield, break her arm and gouge her eye out.

Barrett held Sheffield down and beat her after he attempted to stick his finger in her eye, according to her testimony during a Huron Municipal Court hearing.

The municipal court didn't allow Barrett the option for bond during hearings last month after the city prosecutor complained of his violent history and multiple trips to prison.

Barrett has gone to prison seven times for violent offenses such as slashing a man's throat in Huron and theft, according to records in Erie and Lorain county courts.

Meanwhile, Sheffield reported to Huron police on May 14 that Barrett's son, Michael Schultz, is harassing her because she was pursuing charges against his father, according to a report.

"What are you trying to do, get him 20 years?" Sheffield said Schultz called to ask her.

When police contacted Schultz about Sheffield's complaint, he admitted to calling Sheffield about the charges against his father. "(Schultz) felt (Sheffield) was going overboard with the whole situation involving his father," the officer wrote in the report.

The officer explained to Schultz that the police and courts were pursuing charges against Barrett regardless of Sheffield's wishes, but Schultz was "still not satisfied," the report stated.

Schultz said he felt the entire situation regarding his father "has gone way overboard," the report stated.

Schultz was warned by the officer if he contacted Sheffield again, he would be charged with telephone harassment.