A Rural Valley man plead guilty yesterday afternoon to making terroristic threats and assaulting a 22-year-old pregnant woman in December.
Carl Binion plead guilty to the two misdemeanor crimes before Judge James Panchik after agreeing to a plea deal with District Attorney Scott Andreassi.
Binion was also being charged with felony bench warrants pursuant to probation violations in the state of Ohio and summary harassment, but both of those charges were dropped in the plea agreement
According to the original affidavit filed by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Timothy Amy, the charges came following a verbal disagreement that started between Binion and Tiffany Kaufman in their joint apartment residence about 5AM December 7. As it became more physical, Kaufman went to exit the living room of the residence when Binion put his hands around her neck and up against a wall, squeezing her airway.
Kaufman, who then was four months pregnant with Binion’s child, told state police troopers that Binion made two verbal threats against her: one informing her that she would die if she called the police and the other of “B!*&, I don’t care if you are pregnant, I will put you six feet under.”
Binion was taken into custody and arraigned by District Magisterial Judge James Andring that morning, as well as being placed in the Armstrong County Jail on $15,000 monetary bond with a detainer.
Binion was later released on his own recognizance and waived his preliminary hearing the next day.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 5 at the Armstrong County Courthouse before President Judge Kenneth Valasek.