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A judge sentenced a California man on Monday to serve one year in jail following his guilty plea to second-degree assault and a handgun offense. Charging papers allege he went to a neighbor’s home in October 2012, knocked on her door and pulled a gun out when the woman with her son opened the door.
Todd Newell, now 58, originally was charged with two offenses of first-degree assault from the confrontation at Samantha Weston’s San Souci residence.
Weston told police that she quickly shut the door, and the 9-year-old boy told the responding law officers that the suspect had “a small black gun that he pulled out of [the] top left side of his shirt, and waved it at him and his mother,” sheriff’s deputy Jessica Upright wrote in a statement of probable cause. Police did a consent search of the suspect’s home, court papers state, and found a loaded .22-caliber revolver under a living room couch.
At Monday’s sentencing hearing, St. Mary’s Circuit Judge Michael J. Stamm said that reports indicate that Newell ingested a fifth and a pint of alcohol on the day of the confrontation with his neighbor.
“You truly don’t understand the ramifications of what you were involved with,” Stamm said.
The judge sentenced Newell to three years in prison, suspended to the one-year jail term with work-release privileges and five years of supervised probation.