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Cushing man accused of assault, knife threat

By Stephen Betts | Sep 08, 2020
Photo by: Knox County Jail Conrad Freeman

Cushing — A Cushing man was arrested Sunday, accused of choking a woman, then threatening her with a knife.

Conrad Freeman, 26, was arrested early Sept. 6 and charged with Class B aggravated assault and Class C domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.

He made his initial appearance Sept. 7 in the Knox County court, where Justice Bruce Mallonee set bail at $2,000 cash. Justice Mallonee said the bail level was sufficient to ensure he would adhere to bail conditions.

Deputy District Attorney Christopher Fernald requested bail be set at $5,000 cash, citing the risk to public safety.

The prosecutor pointed out that Freeman is on supervised release for federal convictions. Records from U.S. District Court in Portland show he was convicted in September 2015 for transportation of child pornography and possession of child pornography in January 2014. He was sentenced to 70 months in prison to be followed by seven years of supervised release.

The affidavit filed in court by the Knox County Sheriff's Office stated Freeman put his arm around the victim's neck, then locked her in a bedroom and later threatened her with a knife. Freeman denied threatening anyone with the knife and claimed his arm accidentally went around the victim's neck.

He also tried to hang himself but was stopped by another person at the residence in Cushing, according to the affidavit.

At the court hearing Monday, Freeman said he wants contact with the woman, saying she wants to drop the charges and that he forgives her.

Defense attorney for the day Rachel Cundiff requested the $2,000 cash bail, saying he would not be able to afford the higher amount, noting his only sources of income were working part-time at a restaurant and social security.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Sep 08, 2020 17:16

He forgives her for what....calling the police. Good example of nothing changes if nothing changes.

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