LISBON - Bonnie Marriner, a 51-year-old Haiti Road woman, pleaded guilty to three charges in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Tuesday, including a count of felonious assault for firing a shot last August in the direction of Salineville Patrolman Lacey Barker and County Sheriff Chief Deputy Allen Haueter.
Additionally, Marriner pleaded guilty to a second count of felonious assault for firing at others and a charge of unlawful discharge of a firearm into a home. She faces up to 27 years in prison on the charges, but Assistant County Prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones said she will ask for the mandatory three years for the gun specification and for an additional four years on each of the charges served concurrently to each other, but consecutively to the three years, for a total of seven years. Jones said as part of the plea agreement she will ask for the additional specification on the first count dealing with the police officers be dismissed.
Marriner had been scheduled to have a jury trial Tuesday, but after some delay and a long consultation with her attorney, Larry Stacey, she tearfully agreed to plead guilty. Judge C. Ashley Pike carefully went over her plea with her and questioned if she was satisfied with Stacey's representation. At one point, Marriner had written to Pike requesting a new attorney, but on Tuesday she said she was happy with the job he had done for her.
The saga began on Aug. 11 when Marriner allegedly began punching out the windows in her home at 19128 Haiti Road. As Haueter and Barker responded to the home they heard a shot fired and heard men yelling. Haueter said he had asked Marriner to come out, but she refused. Instead she fired a shot in the direction of the two officers.
Haueter and Barker retreated, calling in members of the Special Response Team, a group of officers throughout the county which assist in handling stand-off situations.
One of Marriner's shots that evening was reportedly fired in the direction of Roger Buckley and Donald Duncan who ran past Haueter and Barker as they arrived. One of her shots reportedly went into the home of her neighbor, Wilma Smith. The shot lodged itself into box of cake mix in a cupboard, according to Jones.
The county's Special Response Team assembled and they tried several options before entering the house through the back door. At that point, they discovered Marriner had somehow slipped out. She was found walking along state Route 39 by the Highway Patrol.
Marriner will be sentenced on July 23.