Husband enters guilty plea in battery case

August 08, 1996|By Caitlin Francke | Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF

Stephen Jolly of Elkridge pleaded guilty to one count of battery this week in Howard County Circuit Court after being charged with hitting his wife in the face in a dispute over her smile.

He was given probation before judgment and ordered to attend counseling for his anger, said Assistant State's Attorney Joeday Newsom.

In court Monday, Jolly, 39, "was very upset," Newsom said.

Charging documents in the case say that Jolly began yelling at his wife, Barbara, one morning last October while they were in the kitchen.

Jolly threatened her, telling her if she "didn't quit smiling, he'd knock my [expletive] head off," Barbara Jolly wrote in the charging document. After more arguing -- and more smiling -- he slapped her in the face, the document says.

Pub Date: 8/08/96

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