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Bond revoked in child endangerment case

Photo by Michele Newbanks William Brice was handcuffed Friday afternoon to be taken to the Washington County Jail after his personal recognizance bond was revoked.

A Pennsylvania man was remanded to the Washington County Jail after attempting to dismiss his own case and telling Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi he did not consent to the proceedings.

William Brice, 29, of 152 West Main St., Worthington, Pa., appeared in court Friday afternoon for sentencing and to withdraw his no contest plea.

In the plea agreement he signed in November 2019, he agreed to a sentence of 30 months in prison for the third-degree felony attempted endangering of children. He was originally indicted on one count of felonious assault and one count of child endangerment, both second-degree felonies.

Washington County Prosecutor Nicole Coil said with the two second-degree felonies, he was looking at 2 to 8 years in prison. With the reduction of the charges, he was facing a maximum of 36 months.

“He was alleged to have shaken his baby and caused injury to the baby,” Coil said. The offense occurred in August 2018, while the baby was three months old.

During Friday’s court appearance, Brice fired his court-appointed attorney, Ray Smith. He also renounced his U.S. citizenship.

“He’s essentially trying to say he’s not under the jurisdiction of the court,” Coil said. Brice filed paperwork in Minnesota to renounce his citizenship.

Brice told Kerenyi multiple times that he did not consent to the court proceedings and asked the judge to dismiss the case. The request was denied.

He filed in Minnesota that he was executor under the corporation WILLIAM CORY BRICE, which was a fictitious entity. He told the court that the personal recognizance bond was placed on the corporation, not the man.

“What I would infer based on his filings on the court, the law of the land is the uniform commercial code instead,” Coil said.

After refusing representation, Brice said he was doing this “because I’m an innocent man. Nothing more, nothing less.”

As he no longer consented to the personal recognizance bond or the proceedings, Kerenyi told him he had no course but to have him taken into custody by Washington County Sheriff’s deputies. Brice will remain incarcerated until his next hearing, which has not yet been set.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

At a glance:

William Brice was in court Friday afternoon for sentencing and withdrawing of his no contest plea.

He pleaded no contest to attempted child endangerment in November 2019.

He told the court he was no longer a citizen of the U.S. and is not under the jurisdiction of the court.

As he no longer consented to the personal recognizance bond, he was remanded to the Washington County Jail.

Source: Washington County Court of Common Pleas.

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