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Man Who Pointed Gun at Police Officers Sentenced

by on May 09, 2014 1:35 PM

The State College man who pointed a loaded weapon at police during a domestic disturbance will spend a very long time behind bars.

On Thursday, Judge Jonathan Grine sentenced James Scholl to serve 16 to 32 years in state prison.

Scholl, 32, was convicted on a slew of charges, including aggravated assault, attempting to cause serious bodily injury, menace to put an officer in danger, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats, resisting arrest, and harassment.

Last September Scholl got into an argument with a girlfriend at her home on Zorich Road in Ferguson Township. Prosecutors say he slapped the woman and repeatedly hit her with a flip-flop.

The woman managed to escape and call 911, telling police there was a gun in her bedroom dresser.

Three police officers responded to the call for help, Patton Township Police Officer Brian Shaffer, along with Sergeant Sean Albright and Officer William Champers of the Ferguson Township Police Department.

Scholl emerged from the home and pointed a gun at Officer Chamber's head. Chambers grabbed the gun barrel and the two other officers joined in a fierce struggle. Scholl reportedly pointed his weapon at all three men before being disarmed.

According to prosecutors Scholl said he wanted to "make a statement" by confronting police with the gun.

Centre County District Attorney, Stacy Parks Miller issued a news release, saying, "This defendant attempted to 'make a statement' with the lives of those sworn to protect us and failed. This sentence ensures he will not have an opportunity to hurt anyone for a very long time."

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Steve Bauer was the Managing Editor of Steve and his wife Trina are longtime area residents. They reside in State College along with a wacky Golden Retriever named Izzy.
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