Jailhouse romance leads to domestic violence charge


Less than one month after a domestic violence conviction, a Marysville woman is facing additional charges for allegedly attacking her live-in boyfriend over a woman she met while in prison.

A Union County Grand Jury has indicted Brenda Sue Lemmings, 29, of 8 Butternut Drive, Marysville. Lemmings is charged with one count of domestic violence.

In July, Lemmings and her boyfriend were walking when Lemmings hit him several times and broke his cell phone. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail, though 27 of the days were suspended.

While Lemmings was in jail, she met another woman. When she was released, the woman went to Lemmings’ home. On Aug. 6, Lemmings, her boyfriend and the woman had a sexual encounter and eventually the woman left. Lemmings and her boyfriend were both intoxicated and began to argue, apparently about the encounter. According to court documents, the argument turned physical.

About 10:23 p.m., Aug. 6, Lemmings’ live-in boyfriend called 911 to report he had been assaulted. When Marysville police arrived at the home on Butternut Drive, they found Lemmings outside. The man was inside.

“(The victim) was bleeding from the mouth and the nose,” according to court documents. “His bottom lip was bleeding and swollen. He also had bloody scratches on both of his arms.”

According to the report, the man told police Lemmings, “had assaulted him by punching him in the face and head.”

Domestic violence is often charged as a misdemeanor. However, once an individual has a conviction for the offense, future allegations are charged as felonies.

If convicted, Lemming could face as many as 18 months in prison.

Also indicted was:

– Gregory Lee Combs II, 43, whose court-listed address is the Tri-County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg.

Combs is charged with one count each of aggravated trafficking in drugs, aggravated possession of drugs, obstructing official business and receiving stolen property.

According to court documents, on June 18, Combs was arrested with a bulk amount of methamphetamine. Additionally, he had a stolen moped.

If convicted on all counts, Combs could face more than 10 years in prison. Additionally, prosecutors are working to take $226, found on him and believed to be the result of illegal activities.

– Muhidin Muktar Mohamed, 28, of 684 Meadows Dr., Marysville. Mohamed is charged with two counts of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

According to court documents, on Aug. 17, Mohamed was driving west on U.S. 33 when he was stopped by a trooper from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. He was cited for driving under the influence and driving on a forfeited license. When the man’s vehicle was searched, investigators found a loaded .45-caliber handgun in the car.

If convicted, Mohamed could face as many as 18 months in prison.

– Amber Frost, 33, of Bellefontaine. Frost is charged with one count of theft from a person in a protected class. According to court documents, in June Frost was working at Bluebird Retirement Community in Marysville. The victim was living at the community. Frost allegedly took the man’s credit card and used it. Union County Prosecutor Dave Phillips said the amount taken is irrelevant, because the victim was elderly and therefore in a protected class, making any theft a felony.

If convicted, Frost could face as many as 12 months in prison.

– Joshua Darren Young, 30, of Grove City. Young is charged with one count each of breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and theft.

According to court documents, on July 9, 2019, Young broke into a property in Union County, stealing a scooter, an air conditioner, a floor jack, antiques, a generator and other various items.

If convicted, Young could face as many as three years in prison.

– Tahl D. Benit, 42, of Sheffield Village. Benit is charged with one count each of theft and passing bad checks.

Court documents allege that on July 23, Benit wrote a check to Costco for $1,839.77, knowing that it wasn’t good.

If convicted on both counts, Benit could face as many as 24 months in prison.

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