Husband and wife involved in scuffle with police in Le Roy enter guilty pleas
Submitted by Howard Owens on September 10, 2013 - 5:45pm
Two former Le Roy residents are facing possible jail sentences of up to six months in jail after entering guilty pleas today on charges related to a scuffle with law enforcement June 17, 2012.
While Elaina Mead and Donald Mead entered guilty pleas, they did not admit to any wrongdoing under terms of what's known as an Alford Plea.
The plea is intended as an admission that they would likely be convicted by a jury based on the available evidence without saying they did the actual deeds alleged under the charge.
Elaina Mead is accused of holding a knife to the chest of a Sheriff's deputy and Donald Mead is accused hitting the deputy at least six times with a heavy wooden door.
Elaina entered a guilty plea to a charge of menacing a police officer and Donald entered a guilty plea to a charge of attempted assault.
Both will be sentenced at 9:30 a.m., Dec. 4.
The alleged crimes occurred after Deputy Matthew Butler arrived at their home late that Father's Day to interview Michael Mead about an alleged violation of a court order. When he attempted to place Michael under arrest, Donald allegedly started hitting him with the door. The melee spilled into the yard and Elaina alleged exited the house with a kitchen knife.
Le Roy Police Officer Emily Clark reportedly knocked the knife away and suffered a minor cut on her hand as a result.
Elaina initially entered a guilty plea in January but then later withdrew and asked for a new attorney. Today was the plea cutoff date imposed by Judge Robert C. Noonan for the Meads to either accept a plea deal or take the case to trial.