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Veteran put on 3 years community control for inducing panic at stand-off PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 23 May 2013 09:21
The 43-year-old veteran who pleaded guilty to inducing panic was recently ordered to serve three years on community control sanctions.
John B. Spencer, of Bowling Green, was involved in a two-hour stand-off April 9, 2012 when he was a resident at Troy Villa mobile home park on Truman Road near Stony Ridge.
Wood County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Pollex ordered the sanctions after reception of a pre-sentence investigation (PSI). Spencer pleaded guilty to the fifth-degree felony charge in February along with a misdemeanor count of domestic violence.
Through a plea agreement, charges of felonious assault, criminal damaging or endangering, and using weapons while intoxicated, against Spencer were dismissed.
The Truman Road stand-off involved the Wood County Sheriff's office and the county's Special Response Team.
The PSI indicated Spencer had tested positive for drugs. Because of his diagnosed post traumatic stress disorder, he was using prescription sleep enhancers from his mother.
His attorney, Scott Hicks, indicated though he lost his previous job, he is employable. The attorney also stated to the court that his client has been regularly attending the Veteran's Administration Clinic and complying with his treatment.
Assistant Wood County Prosecutor Heather Baker indicated there were some issues on his following through with the VA services.
She said he is listed as 70 percent disabled through the administration.
In ordering his sentence, Pollex noted that Spencer "has trouble maintaining control."
His sanctions included the forfeiture of what the defendant called a "family heirloom" rifle which Spencer had used in the stand-off, he must also not consume any alcohol, serve 100 hours of community service, successfully complete the county's SEARCH program, attend Alcoholics Anonymous or other 12-step program, and serve 100 hours of community service.
The judge also said he is reserving 12 months in prison for Spencer should he fail to abide by the sanctions imposed.

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