- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - A Jonesboro man whose standoff with police briefly closed down Arkansas State University’s campus last month will face formal charges, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Second Judicial District Prosecutor Scott Ellington said he would charge Brad Bartelt with making a terroristic threat, criminal possession of explosive material or destructive device and terroristic threatening. Ellington said he decided to drop a preliminary charge of aggravated assault. If convicted of the most serious charge, making a terroristic threat, Bartelt could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison.

Authorities say Bartelt, 47, drove onto the lawn of a university building at the Jonesboro campus Dec. 10, and brought a 12-gauge shotgun and tanks of gas and propane. During a standoff with police, officers said Bartelt pointed his gun at his own chin several times and pointed it at the tanks of fuel at other times. No shots were fired.

Police say that after Bartelt’s arrest, he told officers he initially planned to shoot other people but decided during the standoff to kill himself. They say he said he was upset about an injury he received in 2012 while training to drive an 18-wheeler at Arkansas State’s campus in Newport, about 45 miles away.

Bartelt has been in custody in the Craighead County Jail since his Dec. 10 arrest. He appeared before a district court judge in December who set his bond at $50,000 and denied his request for a public defender.

Bartelt’s attorney, R. Theodor Stricker, said Thursday that his client never meant to harm anyone but himself.

“He’s been in jail since it happened and he had a psychiatric exam I believe it was yesterday,” Stricker said. “It was not his intention to do anyone any harm. He felt like he needed to get some attention to what he considered some wrongs that went on in that situation. I believe he was attempting suicide rather than doing anyone else any harm.”

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