Steven Brown sentenced to state prison
A Rome man involved in a standoff with state police last October was sentenced Monday to a term in a state correctional facility.
Judge Maureen Beirne of the county Court of Common Pleas sentenced Steven Mark Brown, 37, to a total of 19 and a half to 84 months in state prison, according to the county district attorney's office. A jury found Brown guilty March 21 of eight charges connected to three incidents that took place in Oct. and Nov. 2012.
Brown was also ordered to pay $4,950 in fines and $2,505 in restitution, according to the district attorney's office.
The sentence includes eight to 42 months for charges of terroristic threats, simple assault with a deadly weapon and reckless endangerment related to an Oct. 22 incident at Brown's North Rome Road residence that led to a 12-hour standoff with state police.
Police said Brown barricaded himself inside the house with a 43-year-old Rome woman, identified by police as his girlfriend, at about 9:30 a.m. following a trip to the Dandy Mini Mart in Rome Borough. Brown's girlfriend notified Dandy employees that she was being held against her will, and staff alerted police after she left, according to police.
Police then formed a perimeter around the house, where Brown was barricaded and armed with numerous rifles, shotguns and handguns, police said. The woman was able to escape unharmed later that morning, police said.
Brown held police at bay for over 12 hours during the standoff before members of the state police Special Emergency Response Team took him into custody at about 11:30 p.m, according to a criminal affidavit filed by state police.
Police had also charged Brown with kidnapping and unlawful restraint charges related to the standoff. The jury found Brown not guilty on either charge.
Brown also received nine to 33 months for two counts of attempted witness intimidation and one count of attempted obstruction of law enforcement. Brown was charged after he allegedly made phone calls and wrote letters to witnesses in Nov. 2012 while incarcerated at the Bradford County Correctional Facility. In the communications, Brown asked witnesses to change their stories or offer false testimony, police said.
Brown received an additional one and a half to nine months confinement on assault and harassment charges stemming from an Oct. 7 assault at his residence in which he struck the woman in the nose.
The three sets of charges were consolidated under one trial upon request from the district attorney's office, according to information filed in county court.
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