Alleged stalker faces felony charge in PipestonePIPESTONE — A Pipestone woman accused of stalking a former juror in her boyfriend’s assault case was released on her own recognizance this week, according to court documents.
PIPESTONE — A Pipestone woman accused of stalking a former juror in her boyfriend’s assault case was released on her own recognizance this week, according to court documents.
Ashly Nicole Nordmeyer, 20, is charged with one felony-level count of stalking, an aggravated violation of tampering with a juror, which could result in a maximum sentence of five years in prison or a fine of up to $10,000.
The complaint states the victim reported Dec. 30, 2011, that Nordmeyer was harassing her at her home and workplace. The victim was a juror in a criminal case against Nordmeyer’s boyfriend, Jermain Edwards Schroeder, 28, of Pipestone, who was convicted in June 2011 of third-degree assault with substantial bodily harm.
It was at least the ninth time in 10 years Schroeder had been charged with assault. It stemmed from an argument in February 2011 in which Schroeder knocked out a male victim. The mother of Schroeder’s child and the victim had come to pick up the 7-year-old after the boy had been left unattended while Schroeder went to a bar.
After the verdict in the case was delivered, the juror returned to her job in Pipestone. She told authorities she was in the break room when Nordmeyer walked in and went straight into the restroom. When the victim stood up to leave, she found Schroeder, who had not yet been sentenced and was still out on bail, blocking the door.
She said soon Schroeder and Nordmeyer were asking her questions about the verdict and the jury. She allegedly told Schroeder he could have handled things differently and there was nothing the jury could do but convict him.
Schroeder reportedly stated he was appealing the conviction and left, taking Nordmeyer with him.
In July 2011, Schroder was sentenced to 36 months in prison. Nordmeyer allegedly approached the victim again and asked her to write a letter to aid in his appeal. She left after a brief conversation, and when the victim didn’t hear from her for months, she thought the matter was finished.
In late December, the victim received a letter from Nordmeyer which asked her again to write a letter and state “the truth of the deliberation between you and the other jurors... we need your statement proving that it was a biased jury.”
Nordmeyer wrote that a notarized letter was needed to show that Schroeder was wrongly convicted, adding she would “seriously do anything” for the victim.
The victim told authorities the jury was not biased. She also reported she had received calls on her home phone from Nordmeyer, in which she had persistently asked the victim to write a letter and help Schroeder.
On Dec. 30, the victim reported Nordmeyer had come into her place of employment once more. Another employee warned the victim, and she hid in a back room until Nordmeyer left.
Appellate court documents show Schroeder started the process to file an appeal in October 2011. A delivery certificate for the trial transcript was filed Jan. 24.
Schroeder was charged with aggravated witness tampering in 2001, but that charge was dismissed in a plea agreement in which he pleaded guilty to terroristic threats. He was convicted for fourth-degree assault in 2002 and sentenced to serve 12 months, of fifth-degree assault in 2003 and sentenced to serve 18 months, and again of fifth-degree assault in 2004 and sentenced to serve 21 months. In 2005 he was convicted of terroristic threats and sentenced to 24 months, and in 2009 he pleaded guilty to two counts of terroristic threats and two counts of felony domestic assault and sentenced to serve 26 months.
He made an unsuccessful bid to appeal the 2009 conviction. That appeal was dismissed in 2010.
Nordmeyer, who was granted a public defender, is schedule to make an appearance in Pipestone County District Court Feb. 21.
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