Man faces 3rd probation violation charge

Columbus resident served jail time for battery against pregnant girlfriend; bond set at $200,000

A man who has pleaded guilty to battery on a pregnant woman was arrested in Greenwood this week on a warrant that was issued on a charge that he violated the terms of 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 last year 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.

Under terms set by the judge, 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.

This is the third time Nida’s probation has been revoked since he was sentenced, court records stated.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 May, then months later told the court he had used heroin, court records state. The third revocation charge was filed in December.

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 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 put a knife near the woman’s throat and threatened to kill her if she didn’t stop screaming, court documents said.

Nida was arrested again in April 2016 on a charge of violation of probation after dispatch received a text message from a woman who said she feared for her safety.

He is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail on $200,000 bond.

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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.