Man pleads to allegedly threatening neighbor with gun
A St. Leonard man was given a time-served sentence last week after entering an Alford plea to second-degree assault for a February incident in which he reportedly damaged his neighbor’s car with paint thinner and threatened him with a shotgun.
Craig Edward Koehn, 57, was indicted on two counts of first-degree assault and single counts each of second-degree assault, attempted second-degree assault and attempted malicious destruction of property valued more than $1,000, online court records show.
Deputy Ryan Evans of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 5700 block of Oakcrest Drive in St. Leonard for the report of a disorderly person Feb. 11. The Calvert County Control Center informed Evans they received information that the disorderly man, Koehn, allegedly brought a rifle to his neighbor’s residence and threatened to shoot him, according to charging documents. The control center received further information that Koehn went back to his backyard with his rifle still in hand and allegedly sent the victim a text message stating he was going to shoot him.
After Trooper Barlow arrived on scene, he and Evans approached Koehn’s residence and observed him sitting on a couch in a basement living room. They ordered Koehn to come outside and get on the ground to be detained until the investigation was complete. According to the documents, Koehn complied, but did not know why officers were at his house.
Officers informed Koehn about the complaint they received and inquired if he went over to his neighbor’s house or sent his neighbor any text messages. Koehn reportedly denied seeing the victim that evening or sending any text messages. Officers retrieved the unloaded Remington 12-gauge shotgun from Koehn’s closet after he told them he owned a gun, charging documents state.
Evans then went to the victim’s residence and was shown threatening text messages allegedly sent from Koehn. According to the police report, the victim’s landlord was outside and saw Koehn reportedly spraying paint thinner on the victim’s car, causing about $2,000 in damage to the hood, front bumper, roof and tailgate. Mistakenly thinking he was addressing his neighbor, Koehn allegedly told the landlord he was going to kill him and have sex with his wife.
Koehn was initially given a $50,000 bail, but posted once it was reduced to $20,000 at his Feb. 13 bail review.
At his Oct. 5 plea hearing, Koehn entered an Alford plea to second-degree assault and was given a time-served sentence of five years with all but three days suspended. An Alford plea is when a defendant agrees the state has enough evidence for a conviction without making an admission of guilt. Koehn is currently on five years of unsupervised probation for this incident.