On Monday, August 6, 2018, Judge William Workman convicted Jeremiah E.
Bolyard of Domestic Battery and Criminal Damage to Property. Assistant
State’s Attorney Hillary Hines presented evidence during a two-day bench
trial that in January of 2017 Bolyard was involved in a verbal argument
with his girlfriend. The argument turned physical when Bolyard pushed
his girlfriend throughout his home and physically put her in the
driver’s seat of her vehicle. When Bolyard’s girlfriend didn’t
immediately leave his residence, Bolyard struck her vehicle’s windshield
with a baseball bat, shattering the glass, causing glass to be embedded
into her skin and leaving small lacerations on her body. Evidence was
also presented that Bolyard had been violent toward a previous family
Judge Workman sentenced Bolyard to 24 months of Probation and 90 days of
Logan County jail. Bolyard was also ordered to successfully complete
anger management, mental health treatment, pay fines and costs, and not
have any contact with the victim. Bolyard was given credit for 3 days
spent in pre-trial detention and must serve 100% of his sentence. This
is Bolyard’s first domestic battery conviction.
“The Logan County State’s Attorney’s Office is devoted to increasing
victim safety and offender accountability. The State’s Attorney’s Office
strongly believes that domestic violence is not a private matter.
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Domestic violence is a social, economic, and public health concern,”
said Logan County State’s Attorney Jonathan Wright. According to the
Center for Disease Control, nationally, about 31.5% of women and
27.5% of men have experienced physical violence by an intimate
partner during their lifetimes.
Of these, about 22.3% of women and 14% of men have experience severe
physical violence. In addition to immediate physical injuries,
victims of domestic violence suffer long-term social and
psychological harms such as being fearful or concerned for their
safety; developing symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder;
missing school; and finding themselves in need of housing, legal
services, and medical care.
Domestic violence is present in every community and affects all
people regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation,
gender, race, religion, or nationality. The Logan County State’s
Attorney’s Office encourages anyone with knowledge of any domestic
violence to report all incidents to law enforcement.
[Jonathan C. Wright
Logan County State’s Attorney]