Attempt for “date” leads to prison
5:46 pm, January 8th, 2013
A man who used handcuffs trying to get a date with his co-worker at the Ringgold Taco Bell has been sentenced to 10 years by Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Judge Ralph Van Pelt, reports the CatWalkChatt.com, the website for the Catoosa County News and the Walker County Messenger.
Jason Earl Dean, 25, of Dalton, made national headlines in August 2011 after he handcuffed himself to an 18-year-old woman, a co-worker at the local fast food restaurant in an attempt to convince her to go on a date with him, the website reported. She was approaching her car at the end of her shift when he cuffed her. Other co-workers came to her aid and called 911 after hearing her screams. He let her go and fled. She told police he’d been making advances and asking for dates for a month. He was later picked up by the Dalton State College police and returned to Ringgold to face a false imprisonment charge.
The story quoted Lookout Mountain Circuit Assistant District Attorney Alan Norton saying the defendant took a “blind plea,” meaning he plead guilty without having a plea agreement and without knowing the penalty under the law. The ADA said the defendant would serve four years in prison and six years on probation, conditional upon his not having any contact with the woman or her family.