Gilliam man charged with felony property damage, four misdemeanors after domestic disturbance

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Jeremy K. Smith, 25, of Gilliam, faces one felony and four misdemeanor charges after an incidence that occurred at his residence the evening of Friday, Dec. 2.

The charges filed against Smith on Saturday, Dec. 3, include property damage first degree, a class D felony, as well as misdemeanor charges of domestic assault third degree, resisting / interfering with arrest, and two counts of assault or attempted assault (against law enforcement, corrections officer, emergency personnel, highway worker in a construction zone, utility worker or parole and probation officer) in the third degree.

According to a probable cause statement in the case, officers responded to a reported disturbance in progress at the residence at approximately 10:34 p.m., and upon arrival were approached by Smith in what the reporting Saline County Sheriff's Deputy termed a threatening manner. The deputy writes that Smith appeared to be pointing a firearm at him. Smith was taken into custody approximately 20 minutes later, after which the deputy reports he issued threats of bodily harm against the officers and others, as well as threatening to blow up an institution if he wasn't allowed to smoke. The deputy reports Smith admitted to being an addict, and appeared to be high on methamphetamine during their contact.

The felony charge results from damage to the interior of the residence Smith was sharing with a blood relative, estimated in the report of at least $1,000.

Editor's note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.