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Knowlton pleads guilty to felony assault

A man who beat his father with a metal baseball bat last January pleaded guilty to felonious assault Thursday at the Washington County Courthouse.

Jerran Keith Knowlton, 41, of 6658 Archers Fork Road, New Matamoras, was indicted in February 2020 for attempted murder and two counts of felonious assault.

According to reports from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, dispatch received a 911 call in January 2020 on a domestic complaint at Knowlton’s home. It was reported that Richard Knowlton, Jerran’s father, was bleeding from his head after being beaten by his son.

A second call was reported by dispatch about Knowlton being in an altercation with his father. During the call, a man who was identified as Jerran Knowlton, stated he hit his father in the head with a bat. He also reportedly said during the call that “it happened so fast. I grabbed a bat out of my room and started whaling on him in the chair.”

Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Jim Schneider said after Knowlton was arrested, he was found incompetent to stand trial. He was held in a mental health facility in Columbus for about five months before he was deemed competent to stand trial.

Richard Knowlton recovered from his injuries and told the prosecutor’s office he wouldn’t testify against his son and that he wanted the charges dropped.

Jerran pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree felony felonious assault for causing or attempting to cause harm to his father.

“The maximum penalty could be 12 years under the Reagan Tokes Law,” Schneider said.

The basic prison sentence is two to eight years, with an additional four years for the law, which provides for a minimum and maximum sentence for class 1 and 2 felons.

Jerran’s sentencing hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. March 16 in the courtroom of Common Pleas Judge John Halliday.

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

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