Man pleads to al­legedly threat­en­ing neigh­bor with gun

The Calvert Recorder - - News - By AN­DREW CEPHAS acephas@somd­ Twit­ter: @CalRecANDREW

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.

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