- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - A Columbus man who pointed a loaded pellet handgun at the face of a police officer has been given some jail time as well as probation.

Aaron Lotspeich, 31, was sentenced last week to 30 days of jail to be served immediately and 60 days of jail to be served in four, 15-day increments unless waived by a judge, court records say. He also received 18 months of probation.

Lotspeich pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of attempted terroristic threats as part of his plea agreement for lesser charges.

Two officers responded on Jan. 20 to a report that Lotspeich, who’d been on a drinking binge, might harm himself. They said that after he answered their knock at his front door, he pulled out what appeared to be a handgun and leveled it at the face of one officer.

Both officers jumped back and took cover. Lotspeich soon came out of his home with his hands up and was taken into custody, they said.

“The officers showed great restraint” that night, said Platte County Attorney Carl Hart during a plea hearing last month, alluding to the possibility that the officers could have reacted with deadly force.

“It was a pellet gun, but it certainly looked like a handgun,” Judge Robert Steinke told Lotspeich at his sentencing Friday.

Lotspeich, who has already written letters of apology to the officers, told the judge he’d quit drinking and vowed to follow the provisions of the probation order.


Information from: Columbus Telegram, https://www.columbustelegram.com

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