Man sent to prison after leaving wife threatening notes

A former Jeffersonville man who threatened to kill his wife and snuck into her home through the crawl space beneath her residence is in prison after a court hearing Monday.

Shawn T. Harris, 42, was ordered to serve nine months in prison by Judge Steven Beathard in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas.

Harris plead guilty during the hearing to violation of a protection order, a third-degree felony; trespass in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present, a fourth-degree felony; and domestic violence by threats, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.

Harris was brought over to the court Monday from the Fayette County Jail where he had been held on the charges. His sentencing order was credited with 93 days of time already served.

Court documents filed in the case show Harris violated a protection order filed against him by his 31-year-old wife after she told him she was leaving him and he began to threaten her. The protection order was granted in May by Judge Victor Pontious in the Washington C.H. Municipal Court.

Just days after Harris was served with the protection order, his wife called the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office May 28 and reported that Harris snuck into her home while she was gone.

She said that things were missing from her residence and that Harris had left notes for her stating that he would kill her. Copies in the case file show the notes were written on paper with a permanent marker and one reads, “One word and your life is over.”

While Harris waited for sheriff’s deputies to arrive, she reportedly called a nearby neighbor and had the neighbor sit with her while she waited. As they waited Harris walked up from beside the house and confronted her. Deputies arrived shortly after and arrested Harris without incident.

She told officers that she would normally have been at home during the time that Harris entered her house —between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. According to the reports she had changed all of the locks on the doors and all of the windows had been secured, but the crawl space had been tampered with and she said crawling through the floor was the only way Harris could have entered her home.

Harris had written in one of the notes, “I’m not mad I need to talk to you” but also wrote another note stating “Sorry being nice didn’t work.”

Harris was transported after court to the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio to commence his sentencing.

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By Ashley Bunton

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