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DECATUR – After a woman threatened to call the police during an argument, she subsequently woke up on the floor of her residence, after she was allegedly attacked by Ronald N. Springman, a 31-year-old Decatur man.

Springman, who allegedly threatened to kill the victim if she ever called the police on him, is being held in jail on $40,000 bond after he was arraigned Thursday one felony count of aggravated domestic battery and one misdemeanor count of domestic battery.

The victim told police that after she made the statement that “the cops were going to be called by someone,” he told her, “try to call the cops again,” or words to that effect, said a probable cause affidavit by Decatur patrol officer Scott Gilman.

Springman then “reached out and grabbed her around the throat with both of his hands and squeezed her throat so hard that she could not talk or breathe,” the victim reportedly told police. “She passed out and woke up on the floor an unknown amount of time later.”

At the time she reported the incident, which occurred last Sunday, she told police she was experiencing pain in her neck and head.

An officer observed and photographed “red marks on both sides of her throat consistent in appearance to marks left when someone's neck is squeezed,” Gilman wrote in his statement.

During a videotaped interview, the victim said “they have a long history of domestic violence, and that Ronald tells her often that if she ever calls the police on him he will kill her.” She said she was “extremely afraid” that Ronald would kill her when he is released from jail.

Springman told police there “had not been any physical altercation between himself” and the victim on that day, the affidavit said.

When Springman was booked into the Macon County Jail, he learned that he was being charged with the two criminal counts.

“I'm going to earn that, if I'm getting arrested I might as well have done it,” he reportedly said.

As a result of that statement, Associate Judge Phoebe Bowers ordered Springman to be monitored by an electronic GPS device as a condition of his bond. The judge also ordered him to stay away from the victim and at least 500 feet away from her residence. He was also ordered to undergo a domestic violence assessment.

Springman is due in court April 5 for his preliminary hearing.


Staff Writer

Staff Writer for the Herald & Review.