Woman charged with threatening Jefferson County prosecuting attorney

STEUBENVILLE — Jami L. Anderson, 29, 833 Jeannette Ave., was charged on Monday with two felonies in connection with her allegedly making threats to Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin last Wednesday following a criminal hearing involving Anderson’s boyfriend.

The alleged threats came while Hanlin was walking toward her car, which was parked on Market Street, following a hearing in the courthouse involving Ajani N. Lawrence, 37, of Wintersville, reports indicate.

Lawrence was deciding whether to go along with a plea agreement in a drug case. Lawrence on Thursday pleaded guilty to having a weapon under disability and possession of cocaine, a first-degree felony, and was sentenced by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Michelle Miller.

Anderson had been subpoenaed to testify in Lawrence’s trial, which was scheduled to begin on Thursday.

Anderson began yelling threats at Hanlin, and Hanlin called 911 for a Steubenville Police officer to respond. Anderson reportedly heard Hanlin calling for police and got into a vehicle. Anderson was then arrested by police.

She initially was charged in municipal court with aggravated menacing.

Hanlin asked Harrison County Prosecutor Owen Beetham to handle the case because of the conflict of interest.

Anderson was served the felony warrants on Monday in municipal court charging intimidation and retaliation.

Anderson’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 29. Her bond was set at $150,000.

(Law can be contacted at mlaw@heraldstaronline.com.)

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