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Wednesday, 08 January 2014 08:23

Tuscola County man enters pleas in attack on ex-girlfriend

(AREA) -- A man accused of attacking his ex-girlfriend and partially stuffing her into a Christmas bag in the basement of her suburban Detroit home has entered pleas in the case. Jonathan Elbers was scheduled for trial Tuesday in Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens. The 24-year-old Tuscola County man instead pleaded no contest to five charges in the case, including attempted murder and home invasion. A no contest plea isn't an admission of guilt, but is treated as such for sentencing. He's scheduled to learn his punishment February 20. Officers went to the woman's Chesterfield Township home in April to check on her safety and heard her scream for help. Elbers escaped from officers after a struggle, and was arrested hiding in a deer blind.