Man who engaged police in standoff makes a deal

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SHERIDAN — A Sheridan man who incited an armed standoff with police has accepted a plea agreement that will keep him out of prison.

Sean O’Leary has agreed to five years of supervised probation in exchange for pleading guilty to one felony count of aggravated assault and battery.

O’Leary was also originally charged with an additional felony count of interference with a peace officer, but prosecutors agreed to drop the second charge in exchange for a guilty plea to the first. If the probation sentence is revoked, O’Leary will serve three to five years.

In August of last year, O’Leary, who was 34 at the time, made suicidal threats over the phone and threatened to shoot any police officer that came into his home at 444 East Burkitt St.

Neighbors had reported hearing 10-12 gunshots inside the home.

Police established phone contact and began a negotiation process. During that time, O’Leary came out of his house three times wielding a handgun and verbally encouraged the officers that had surrounded his house to shoot him.

The standoff eventually migrated to a side alley near the home, where O’Leary finally dropped the gun and informed police there was a round in the chamber.

While being arrested, O’Leary became physically confrontational with the police.

O’Leary’s first hearing was in circuit court, where Judge Shelley Cundiff assigned a $10,000 cash bond, which was posted shortly afterward.

O’Leary was also charged with a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangering, which was dropped within a week of the incident.

O’Leary is a military veteran who worked in law enforcement himself for five years.

O’Leary’s case was bound over to Sheridan’s Fourth Judicial District Court due to the severity of the charges. Judge William Edelman has been overseeing the case.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled in Sheridan’s Fourth Judicial District Court for 10 a.m. March 13. While the plea agreement filed last week establishes a sentence of probation in lieu of prison time, it makes no mention of potential fines and restitution.

The charge of felony aggravated assault and battery carries with it a potential sentence of 10 years, and a $10,000 fine.

By |January 23rd, 2014|

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Tracee Davis joined the staff at The Sheridan Press in July of 2013. She covers business, energy and public safety. Tracee grew up in Kemmerer and has lived in several locations both in the U.S. and overseas. Her journalism training stems from her military service.