Wise sentenced to prison|
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
John A. Wise, 58, of Morrisdale pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and simple assault and was sentenced to 18 months to five years in state prison by Judge Paul Cherry at yesterday's session of colloquy court.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on June 2, 2011, a man and a woman were at Wise's residence on Schoolhouse Road when they became engaged in a verbal argument with Wise, and Wise cursed at them and demanded they leave.
As they were walking out the door, Wise emerged with a .22 caliber revolver and began waving it at them.
The man and the woman left the residence and called police.
Police conducted a search of the defendant's home and discovered several firearms, including an H&R Inc. Sportsman .22 caliber revolver, a Martin Glenfield Model 75 .22 caliber revolver, a .22 caliber JC Higgins, a Columbia 12-gauge shotgun and several boxes of ammunition.
It was discovered that Wise is a convicted felon and is not permitted to own a firearm.
He was originally charged with firearms prohibited but this was dropped in the plea deal.
In other cases, Everson Brian Berringer, 23, of Woodland was sentenced to six months to one year in the Clearfield County Jail plus two years of probation.
He pleaded guilty to terroristic threats, two counts of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct as well as criminal trespass, unlawful restraint, simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, at approximately 10 p.m. on June 17, Berringer stopped the victim at Sheetz and demanded she get in the car with him or he would kill her.
She complied and once inside Berringer asked why she got a protection from abuse order against him because now he can't see his children.
He also took her cell phone and made threats against her. He began driving recklessly doing "donuts" in his car, and drove across the median several times and asked her, "Are you scared now?"
He then struck her in the face several times and threatened to rape her. He also ripped the mirror off of the vehicle and threw it at the victim.
He told the victim to get out of the vehicle near the Choice store in Curwensville, gave her phone back and told her if she told anyone what happened he would kill her.
Berringer had also been charged with aggravated assault but this was dropped as a part of the plea deal. Cherry asked Assistant District Attorney Trudy Lumadue why the charge had been dropped; she said the victim had some concerns about testifying.
The victim was not present at the sentencing hearing but did send a letter to the court. Based on her letter, Cherry said he would give the defendant a county sentence but said if he comes before him again with another offense he is sending him to state prison.