Guilty plea for man in standoff with officers
A 55-year-old man who held off law enforcers during a five-hour stand off at the Carolyn Courts Apartments admitted in County Court this morning that he was drunk and scared.
James Mogle pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless endangerment.
"I had an incident that upset me greatly, I had too much to drink," Mogle told Judge Barry M. Donalty. "I got scared when the police got there."
Mogle will return to court on Aug. 21 to be sentenced to six months in jail. However, Mogle has already been in jail for that long since the Jan. 23 stand off, and Donalty released him from custody today on credit for time served. Mogle will also be sentenced to five years probation.
Authorities said at about 3 p.m. Jan. 23, Mogle was drunk and upset about a personal relationship that had ended earlier that day. Mogle sent an alarming text message to his daughter, who in turn called law enforcers to check on his welfare.
When police pulled up to his apartment, Mogle told the judge that he got scared, but does not remember much after that.
Assistant District Attorney Grant Garramone said Mogle "was telling them he was going to shoot them in the head if they tried to enter." Garramone also said that after speaking with Mogle’s family and receiving many letters from the community, and this was "uncharacteristic behavior for him." Garramone said Mogle was likely just crying out for attention.
Authorities said Mogle finally surrendered to law enforcers at about 8 p.m.
There were no injuries. A pistol and an assault rifle were found in the apartment.