OTTAWA — Former Cloverdale Mayor Judd Spencer was sentenced Wednesday to 180 days in jail with 175 days suspended pending on the condition he completes requirements mandated by the court.
Putnam County Common Pleas Court Judge Keith Schierloh handed down the sentence Wednesday.
Spencer will be required to report to Putnam County Jail at 5 p.m. Dec. 14 to serve his time. He is required to submit to breathalyzers, not use prescription drugs, be required to maintain employment and pay a $500 fine.
Spencer entered not guilty pleas in October to one count of domestic violence against his wife, a fourth-degree felony, and using weapons while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Kevin Stotts, Spencer’s attorney, during Wednesday’s hearing provided comments regarding events on May 7.
On that day Spencer was sleeping in his out building and he and his wife had a verbal disagreement about the use of his pickup truck and his wife refused to give him the keys.
“He fell asleep in his chair watching tv and he was awakened a few hours later by his wife who was angry and yelling at him and told him since he spent money she cancelled him off their debit card,” Stotts said.
“He became angry and said if you won’t let me use the truck you won’t use the truck and used a knife to slash the tire.”
He decided to go to his friends house and threw some beer in the cooler and as a matter of habit grabbed his hand gun out of the cabinet and stuck it in his front pocket.
“When he was walking to his truck Deputy Hoover pulled up with a his taser pointed at him and told my client to put his hands on the vehicle,” Stotts said.
Spencer was trying to let Hoover know he had a gun in his right front pocket by pointing to it and he put his hands on the truck and was placed under arrest.
Spencer does not have any prior convictions on his record besides a persistent disorderly conduct charge when he was in his 20s.
He attended his sentencing Wednesday and said since the May incident he did soul searching and apoligized for his actions.
“I thought about myself and what things meant to me in life and what didn’t, and it was a big eye opener,” Spencer said.
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