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Reliance woman charged with burglary, assault

RELIANCE—A Reliance woman was charged Wednesday with refusing to leave a man's house, breaking his phone and trying to hit him with her car.

Ashley Hewitt, 25, now faces two felony and four misdemeanor charges and, if convicted on all counts, could be sentenced to more than 42 years in prison.

According to court documents, a man with a protection order filed against Hewitt told the Lyman County Sheriff's Office on the phone at 12:12 a.m. on March 18 that Hewitt had shown up at his house in Reliance and damaged the screen on his phone to the point where it was inoperable.

The man met with an officer later that day and reportedly said that he had returned to his house with his children and had found Hewitt there. He said that when he asked Hewitt to leave, she refused.

One of the children reportedly wanted to show Hewitt a device that connected to a smartphone and functioned as a karaoke machine. When the man connected his phone to the device, Hewitt saw a photo of another woman on the phone's screen, got angry and allegedly threw the phone across the room, shattering the screen.

The man then attempted to call 911, but the broken phone didn't allow him to. He left the house and started walking in the street toward his neighbors' house to call 911, at which point Hewitt reportedly got into her vehicle and swerved it toward the man, making him think she was going to hit him. The man threw himself into a snowbank to avoid being hit.

The man was eventually able to contact law enforcement by using the Bluetooth connection in his vehicle.

Hewitt is charged with first-degree burglary and domestic abuse aggravated assault with indifference to human life, which are Class 2 and Class 3 felonies, respectively. She is also charged with four misdemeanors, including intentional damage to property of between $400 and $1,000, domestic abuse violation of a protection order, disorderly conduct and refusing to leave property after receiving notice.