LIMA — A Lima man was sentenced Monday to three years on probation for threatening his neighbors and others with a firearm earlier this year.
Justin Samons, 41, must also attend and complete a treatment court run by the Allen County Common Pleas Court as well as any counseling and treatment recommended by the Dayton office of the Veterans Administration. He was charged with one count of inducing panic, a fifth-degree felony.
Samons, an honorably discharged former member of the U.S. Marine Corps, was also ordered to have no contact with his neighbors and was banned from the use of illegal drugs and alcohol while on probation. He was released from jail Monday.
Allen County deputies were called to Fourth Street, between Greeley Chapel Road and Bowman Road, on Feb. 13 after receiving a complaint of a male at 22278 E. Fourth St. who had a rifle and was threatening people.
A report at that time from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office said tree maintenance personnel working on the property observed Samons exit his residence with a gun in his hand, approach a neighboring residence, beat on the door while yelling and make threatening statements. When nobody answered the door, Samons returned to his residence and fired at least two rounds.
Deputies arrived on scene and attempted to make contact with Samons inside his residence but were unsuccessful. The SWAT Team was activated and responded to the scene at approximately 3 p.m., along with crisis negotiators. The SWAT team and negotiators spent just over two hours making announcements, requesting Samons exit the home peacefully.
After several hours the SWAT team was given authorization to enter the residence by force and arrest Samons. Officers were finally able to enter and carry out out a search for Samons, which eventually led to him being found in his attic.
During his sentencing hearing on Monday Samons apologized “to the court and to the community for my actions.”
Samons’ attorney, Chima Ekeh, said his client suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome.