Judge denies Hoff's request to lower bondA Dickinson man accused of assault on a female victim, as well as drug a drug charge, will remain in the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center unless he can come up with $100,000 cash to cover his bond.
By: Betsy Simon, The Dickinson Press
A Dickinson man accused of assault on a female victim, as well as drug a drug charge, will remain in the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center unless he can come up with $100,000 cash to cover his bond.
Ryan Hoff’s, 45, request to lower his bond amount to personal recognizance or an amount lower than the initial $100,000 cash bond that the court deemed appropriate was denied during a bond reduction hearing Monday in Southwest District Court in Dickinson.
“Mr. Hoff is not able to come up with that,” Hoff’s attorney, Jay Greenwood,
explained to the judge at the hearing. “He’s not a danger to anyone.”
Hoff has been charged with one count of aggravated assault, one count of
terrorizing and one count of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, according to the criminal complaint.
All of the charges are Class C felonies, which carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine for each count if Hoff is found guilty.
Hoff was allegedly in possession of a “small clear bag containing methamphetamine, on Jan. 9, according to the complaint.
The complaint also states that on the same day he punched a female victim in the face with a closed fist and choked her, causing her to lose consciousness
He also allegedly told the victim he “was going to cut her head off
and mail it to her kids,” according to the criminal complaint.
Greenwood said it appears that the victim in the case has tried to contact Hoff since his incarceration, despite a no contact order that requires Hoff to stay away from the victim.
Because of the serious nature of the allegations against Hoff in the complaint, Judge William Herauf said decided he would leave Hoff’s bond at $100,000 cash.