Ohio man faces 20 years in abortion-gunpoint case

June 9, 2011 - 1:45 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge is ready to sentence a man charged under a fetal homicide law for taking his pregnant girlfriend to an abortion clinic at gunpoint.

Dominic Holt-Reid pleaded guilty in April to attempted murder, weapons and abduction counts after police said he pulled a gun on his girlfriend in October and forced her to drive to the clinic.

He faces 20 years in prison at a hearing Thursday before Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Patrick Sheeran.

Holt-Reid's girlfriend did not go through with the procedure but instead passed a note to a clinic employee, who called police.

She has since delivered a healthy baby.

Prosecutors charged Holt-Reid using a 1996 law that says a person can be found guilty of murder for causing the unlawful termination of a pregnancy.