Waynesboro man sentenced in threat case

February 04, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A Waynesboro, Pa., man convicted of resisting arrest, possession of prohibited offensive weapons and making terroristic threats was sentenced last week in Franklin County Court to time served plus parole and probation.

Patrick J. Millstreed, 24, of 2 E. Main St., Apt. 203, pleaded guilty last month to the charges stemming from two incidents last year. Judge Douglas Herman sentenced him to time served, parole for another 17 months, and five years on probation thereafter.

Millstreed spent about six months in jail last year before making bail in October, according to court records.

Millstreed was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and other offenses after an April 21 incident at his home. Waynesboro police had gone there after receiving a complaint of threats being made.

Police initially talked with Millstreed by phone and during the discussion he threatened to "bust a cap" on a police officer, the affidavit of probable cause stated. Officers went to the apartment building and confronted Millstreed, who refused to give his name and resisted being frisked.


Police said Millstreed struggled with officers, spit in one policeman's face and had to be subdued using pepper spray. A butterfly knife was found on him, police said.

On May 4 police searched his apartment after an informant told police she had seen Millstreed with two handguns and he had threatened to go to a courthouse with a machine gun "shoot all the workers and blow it up," the affidavit stated. The woman also told police he threatened to kill her, police said.

The search turned up brass knuckles, a ball-and-chain mace, fireworks and a number of cardboard tubes with fuses attached, police said.

"The facts of these charges may have been overblown" in retrospect, Assistant Public Defender Paul Rockwell said. He described the weapons found as "curiosities" that Millstreed had owned for years.

"He didn't realize those items would be considered contraband or offensive weapons," Rockwell said.

Herman described Millstreed's behavior last year as "extremely aggressive and threatening," but referred to a presentence report that indicated he is undergoing therapy and is on medication.

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