Wednesday, January 23, 2002

Keebler heiress receives probation

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Barbara Puthoff, an heir to the Keebler fortune, was ordered to serve five years probation and make $2,836 in restitution Tuesday for a July rampage in which she tried to stab her ex-husband.

        The 42-year-old Brown County woman broke into the Anderson Township home of William Puthoff on July 6 armed with at least two knives.

        She damaged two cars, and she had to be subdued by family members and police before being arrested, according to court records. Once inside a Hamilton County sheriff's cruiser, she bit off a portion of the car's door.

        Ms. Puthoff apparently was upset about the couple's divorce, officials said.

        Ms. Puthoff originally was charged with two counts each of vandalism, aggravated burglary, and felonious assault. On Jan. 8, Ms. Puthoff pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of burglary.

        Tuesday, before Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Richard Niehaus, she said she has an emotional disorder and promised to maintain her treatment.

        “I didn't know how bad I was until I got better,” Ms. Puthoff told the judge. “I have a new respect for the psychiatric profession.”

        She also will serve two years electronic monitoring.


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