- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man who held police at bay from the roof of his Newport home for four hours is going to spend a year on probation.

Derick Niles pleaded no contest Tuesday to a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment and violating probation in a separate case by engaging in threatening or violent behavior.

Last September, Niles retreated to the roof of his garage while armed with a rifle. He called police and told them he was being surrounded. State, local and federal law enforcement officials evacuated the neighbors.

Niles surrendered without any shots being fired. There were no injuries.

Judge Howard VanBenthuysen said he believed Niles was suffering from a mental health crisis, The Caledonian Record (https://bit.ly/1kypUWa) reported. He also told Niles that the incident drew law enforcement officers for a 50-mile radius.

“Your conduct that day had this huge ripple effect that you probably didn’t intend,” the judge said.

“Your conduct that day had this huge ripple effect that you probably didn’t intend,” VanBenthuysen said.

Niles said he understood that his actions would stigmatize him in the community.

“I’m looking forward to going on with my life, your honor,” he told the judge.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, https://www.caledonianrecord.com

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