Charges dropped in Lovick reckless endangerment case from Jan.
Date posted: April 2, 2014
SHERIDAN — Sheridan County prosecutors have dismissed a case against a Sheridan man previously charged with reckless endangering with a firearm.
Charges against Daniel Lovick, 37, were dropped March 17 after Deputy County Attorney Christoper LaRosa determined there was insufficient evidence to support the charge.
Lovick was arrested Jan. 27 after police responded to a call of a verbal argument between Lovick and a woman. Though Lovick was gone when police arrived, his handgun was recovered at the woman’s house, and the responding officer had understood Lovick pointed the gun at the woman, resulting in the misdemeanor charge.
“I know everyone was just trying to do their job, but somehow there was a mixup with what the police report said and what actually happened,” Lovick said. “There was no gun pointed at any time.”
Lovick was jailed and later released on a $2,500 unsecured bond by Sheridan County Circuit Court Judge Shelley Cundiff. Lovick said he understood the charges were dropped because the witness story had changed and that prosecutors did not feel they would be able to convict him of the charge.
“After assessing our burden of proof, we didn’t see the likelihood occurring that we could prove our case beyond a reasonable doubt,” LaRosa said, indicating he did not believe the case was strong enough to pursue further.
Though the charges were dropped, Lovick still had to pay $40 in court costs.