Oil City Woman Sentenced Up to Two Years in Jail for Obstruction Charge Following Domestic Incident

| March 18, 2019

GavelFRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City woman was sentenced to up to two years behind bars in relation to a domestic incident that occurred in late last year.

Court documents indicate on Tuesday, March 12, President Judge Oliver J. Lobaugh sentenced 24-year-old Hope Nichole Marshall, of Oil City, to a minimum of 47 days up to a maximum of two years less one day confinement in the Venango County Jail on one second-degree misdemeanor count of obstruction of the administration of law.

Marshall will receive credit for 47 days served.

She was also fined $150.00.

According to court documents, Marshall pleaded guilty to the above charge on January 24, 2019.

As a result of the plea agreement, the following charges were dismissed:

  • Aggravated Assault, Felony 2
  • Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforcement, Misdemeanor 2
  • Possession of Marijuana, Misdemeanor

The charges stem from an incident that occurred in December of 2018.

Details of the case:

Around 9:43 p.m. on Saturday, December 29, Oil City Police Officers were dispatched to a North Street residence for a domestic incident. The report was called in by Heather Delong (Walker) stating that her daughter’s boyfriend Zerrius Boyd had threatened to kill her daughter Hope Marshall as well as Heather herself, according to the complaint.

Upon arriving on the scene, Patrolman Anderson was already at the residence knocking on the door.

The complaint states that Patrolman Drake could see Hope Marshall standing in the kitchen of the residence, and she refused to come to the door. After several minutes of trying to speak with Marshall, she finally came out of the residence. She stated she did not call the officers, and there was no reason for them to be there.

While speaking with officers, Marshall re-entered the residence and shut the door. Officers then followed Marshall into the residence while explaining to her that she was not free to go.

Officers then asked where Zerrius Boyd was, and Marshall stated he was upstairs. Officers explained they needed to speak with him, and Marshall then stated she was unsure of where he was.

Boyd then came down the stairs and confronted officers, demanding they leave the residence. Officers asked Boyd to identify himself, and he refused several times. Then, Marshall and Delong confirmed Boyd’s identity.

Patrolmen Byham and Anderson informed Boyd that he was under arrest, and he immediately started to pull away from officers while arguing with them. He stated that he needed to record this and pulled out his phone and told officers multiple times to walk out to the porch, according to the complaint.

While Patrolmen Byham and Anderson were taking Boyd into custody, Marshall ran into the residence yelling at officers to get their hands off Boyd, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, Patrolman Drake then grabbed Marshall and informed her that she was under arrest. Marshall began pulling away and screaming and again tried to get to the officers who were arresting Boyd. She pulled away, and with her free hand struck Patrolman Drake with a closed fist in the chest.

Patrolman Drake again grabbed her and pulled her out onto the porch and began placing her into handcuffs. At that point, Delong ran up on the porch while Marshall struggled. Delong grabbed Patrolman Drake by the arm yelling, “You can’t arrest her she is pregnant,” the complaint states.

Officers then attempted to handcuff Delong, and she resisted. Trooper Johnson then arrived on the scene and pulled Delong away, taking her into custody, the complaint indicates.

After placing the three arrestees into the patrol cars, officers cleared the residence with Police Chief Wenner.

Officers located a small amount of marijuana in a plastic zip lock style baggie in plain view in an upstairs bedroom of the residence.

All three individuals were arraigned at 12:15 a.m. on Sunday, December 30, in Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish’s office.

Charges Against Delong Withdrawn

The following charges filed against Delong were withdrawn on Wednesday, January 2 during the preliminary hearing:

  • Obstruct Administration of Law/Other Government Function, Misdemeanor 2
  • Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforcement, Misdemeanor 2

Boyd Pleads Not Guilty, Awaiting Trial Date

According to court documents, Boyd entered a plea of not guilty on January 24, 2019, on the following charges:

  • Terroristic Threats With Intent to Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1 (two counts)
  • Obstruct Administration of Law/Other Government Function, Misdemeanor 2
  • Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforcement, Misdemeanor 2
  • Marijuana – Small Amount Personal Use, Misdemeanor
  • Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

He is currently free on $5,000.00 monetary bail.

A trial date has not yet been set for Boyd’s case.


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