01/08/2013

Ohio man gets 2 years probation for standoff with police

Suspect pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony count of obstructing official business for his actions during the standoff

By Bill DeBus
The News-herald

MENTOR, Ohio — Although Ronald Ewanek won't serve time in a state prison for a felony charge stemming from his standoff with Mentor police, he still faces a challenging road ahead to successfully complete two years of probation and community control sanctions.

Ewanek, 54, of 8275 Eastmoor, pleaded guilty Dec. 3 to a fifth-degree felony count of obstructing official business for his actions during a Sept. 16 standoff with Mentor police. Ewanek also had faced charges of having weapons while under disability, inducing panic and using weapons while intoxicated, but those counts were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

At his sentencing hearing, Ewanek said he "made a very bad mistake" by defying police officers' orders on the night of the standoff.

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