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SEBRING Man guilty of pulling gun on cop



Published: Sat, April 27, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The jury deliberated nearly four hours over two days.

By BOB JACKSON

VINDICATOR COURTHOUSE REPORTER

YOUNGSTOWN -- A Sebring man was found guilty Friday of pulling a gun on a Sebring policeman who was trying to arrest him.

Alan J. Christian, 35, of East Maryland Avenue, shook his head in disbelief as Judge Robert Lisotto of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court read the verdicts.

The four-man, eight-woman jury had deliberated nearly four hours Thursday and Friday.

Christian is being held in the county jail pending his sentencing, which will be scheduled after a background check is completed. He faces up to 10 years in prison for felonious assault and will get a mandatory three years for using a gun.

Under Ohio law, the two sentences must run consecutively.

Assistant Prosecutor Robert Andrews said he's not sure whether he will recommend the maximum sentence on the felonious assault charge.

Defense attorney Mark Lavelle said he will appeal.

Here's what happened

Christian's girlfriend had sworn out a domestic violence complaint against him after the two had fought at their home in January. Police found Christian a short time later at a friend's house on West Ohio Avenue.

According to testimony, Christian reached under a chair and pulled out a semiautomatic .45-caliber handgun when officer Michael Porter of the Sebring Police Department tried to arrest him.

Porter drew his own gun but did not fire. Instead, he grabbed the hand in which Christian held the gun and fought with him. Another officer, Daniel Guy, arrived and helped Porter. Christian dropped the gun and was taken into custody.

Andrews commended the officers for showing restraint by not firing at Christian.




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