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Wadsworth man gets probation after standoff

  • Brian-Newsom

    Brian Newsom

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A Wadsworth man was sentenced Monday to three years of probation, with 90 days in jail, stemming from a June incident in which he threatened to shoot his family and caused a two-hour standoff with police.

Brian Newsom, 35, pleaded guilty in October to inducing panic, a fifth-degree felony.

At 2:27 a.m. June 27, Wadsworth police received a call from Newsom’s wife stating Newsom was in possession of several firearms and made threats to kill himself, his wife and parents, according to Wadsworth police.

Officers removed three people from the home as well as residents from several surrounding homes. Newsom surrendered at about 4:30 that morning.

Newsom told Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier in court Monday that he “had a mental breakdown … got drunk and took a bunch of (anxiety) medication to try to commit suicide.” Newsom added he gets “verbally and extremely violent” when consuming alcohol.

“I wasn’t in the right state of mind,” he said.

Newsom, who was ordered to have no contact with his parents and wife, is being held at the Medina County Jail until a bed opens at a local halfway house, such as Cathy’s House in Medina, Collier said.

Collier ordered the first 90 days of Newsom’s probation will be served locally and he will have an alcohol monitor.

Newsom also is facing a charge of aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, in Wadsworth Municipal Court. A trial is scheduled for Wednesday.

He also has a prior conviction in Medina County Common Pleas Court for failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer in 2006, and for assault in Wayne County courts in 2014.



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