April 28, 2011 / 9:44 PM / 8 years ago

Ohio man pleads guilty in forced-abortion attempt

CHICAGO (Reuters) - An Ohio man who tried to force his girlfriend to get an abortion at gunpoint pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges he attempted to murder the couple’s unborn child.

Dominic L. Holt-Reid, a 28-year-old full-time college student and father of six, was charged last October under a 1996 state fetal homicide law that defines the unlawful termination of a pregnancy as murder.

Prosecutors alleged that Yolanda Burgess, Holt-Reid’s 26-year-old girlfriend and the mother of one of his children, had initially agreed to terminate the pregnancy, then in its third month.

But when Burgess changed her mind on the day the procedure was scheduled, Holt-Reid, a felon who was out on parole for a federal drug conviction, allegedly pulled a handgun and forced her to drive to the abortion clinic, where he accompanied her inside, the gun hidden in his waistband.

Burgess was able to pass a note, however, to clinic employees, alerting them to her plight. They called police, who arrested Holt-Reid.

Burgess has since given birth to the child.

In addition to the attempted murder charge, Holt-Reid pleaded guilty to weapons and abduction charges in a Columbus-area court.

He faces up to 20 years in prison and up to $35,000 in fines when he is sentenced in June, according to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien.

Reporting by James B. Kelleher

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