HEMPFIELD, Pa. - A Hempfield man was sentenced on Friday after he pleaded guilty to firing 17 rounds at police in October 2012.
Daniel Ryan was very remorseful and shed a few tears and said he never intended to hurt anyone. While the judge thanked him for owning up to his mistake, she still sentenced him at least five years in prison.
According to police files, Ryan fired 17 rounds at state troopers when they showed up to his home last October. Ryan’s wife had called 911 after he threatened her, leading to a standoff that lasted for hours.
The judge told Ryan he had put the troopers and his neighbors in grave danger.
Ryan’s defense attorney, Brian Astin, said Ryan had been drinking and was under a lot of pressure, causing this seemingly normal guy who has never been in trouble to snap.
"He was up for a big promotion at work; it was a lot of stress. He was going through marital problems … it's an anomaly that this ever happened to him," said Astin.
Astin said the troopers were very forgiving and understanding and allowed the attempted homicide charge to be dropped.
Ryan pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault.
Read original report from October 2012 here.