Warren man enters guilty plea

A Warren man who threatened to eat the heart and liver of an arresting police officer has pled guilty.

James C. Ecklund, 45, entered the plea before President Judge Maureen Skerda on Monday.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Ecklund was arrested after police were dispatched to Russell Street in the City of Warren around 7:45 p.m. on Dec. 8, 2017 for a report of an intoxicated man walking in the road.

Upon encountering Ecklund, police said he was unable to maintain his balance and smelled of alcohol and was taken into custody. After being searched prior to his arrest, a small coin purse containing six grams of marijuana and a pipe for smoking controlled substances was found on his person.

The person who called to report Ecklund told police that Ecklund told him “I’m going to kill you,” according to the affidavit, and after being transported to Warren General Hospital to be medically cleared, police said, Ecklund attempted to kick the arresting officer in the face, and “yelled obscenities, alarming and annoying nearby patients and staff members.”

He also told the arresting officer that he was “going to kill (him) and eat (his) heart and liver.”

Ecklund pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of terroristic threats, possession of drug paraphernalia, harassment and disorderly conduct.

Charges of aggravated assault – the most serious charge – and terroristic threats, simple assault, possession of marijuana, public drunkenness and harassment were not prosecuted.

At a second docket, Ecklund pleaded guilty to terroristic threats and disorderly conduct while charges of terroristic threats and public drunkenness were not prosecuted.