Man arrested on charge of probation violation

Police have arrested a Columbus man in Greenwood on a warrant that was issued for violating his probation.

Michael W. Nida II, 21, of 2663 Forest Drive, Columbus, was arrested Tuesday night by Columbus police, detectives from the Bartholomew County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team and Greenwood police, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Nida pleaded guilty in Bartholomew Circuit Court on Aug. 10 to battery resulting in bodily injury to a pregnant woman, a Level 5 felony, and was sentenced to five years in prison, court records state.

But under terms set by former Circuit Judge Stephen Heimann, Nida was required to serve seven months in the Bartholomew County Jail and then be either on work release or home detention for a year, court records state. He was then to serve three years of probation.

Among the conditions of his sentencing, the judge ordered that Nida could not possess or use a weapon, should pay court costs and monthly probation fees by Jan. 30, complete 24 hours of community service a week in any week in which he was not employed full time or enrolled as a student. Nida also was ordered to obtain a substance-abuse evaluation, receive anger-management treatment and work toward obtaining a GED, court records stated. He was in the custody of Community Corrections in Bartholomew County, court records state.

This is the third time Nida’s probation has been revoked since he was sentenced, court records stated.

He admitted to leaving the Community Corrections residential center in the first revocation on May 25, and in the second, considered Oct. 13, he admitted to the court he used heroin, which was also a violation of his probation, court records state.

The third revocation charge was filed Dec. 29, 2016, for unknown reasons and has been pending since his arrest Tuesday, court records state.

The original charges Nida faced in addition to the battery were felony strangulation and interfering with the reporting of a crime, court documents state.

The charges relate to an incident in June 2015 in which Nida’s then-pregnant 19-year-old girlfriend was attempting to have him served with a protective order, court documents state.

When the girlfriend arrived at her home on June 5, Nida was waiting for her and pushed her down on a bed, placed his knee on her abdomen and began choking her, court documents state. Nida was then accused of releasing her and getting a knife from the kitchen, placing it near the girlfriend’s throat and threatening to kill her if she didn’t stop screaming, court documents said.

Nida denied that happened under oath in court, court documents state.

Nida was arrested again in April 2016 on a charge of violation of probation after the Bartholomew County Emergency Operations Center received a text message from a woman who said she feared for her safety.

He is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bond, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.