Oil City Man Who Threatened Neighbor With Baseball Bat Sentenced to Probation

| February 25, 2021

VENANGO CO., Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City man who threatened his neighbor with a baseball bat following a verbal altercation was sentenced on Monday to probation.

According to court documents, 20-year-old John Burton Myers was sentenced to five years of probation on one first-degree misdemeanor count of terroristic threats on February 22.

Myers pleaded guilty to the above charge on November 13, 2020.

As a result of the plea agreement, the following charges were dismissed:

– Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present, Bodily Injury Crime, Felony 1
– Criminal Trespass/Simple Trespasser, Summary

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on Plum Street in Oil City on Monday morning.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 9:51 a.m. on May 18, Oil City Police were dispatched to Plum Street for a report of a disturbance. A witness reported that John Myers and the children of a neighboring residence had been in a verbal argument in the yard.

According to the complaint, the mother of the children told police that Myers came through her back door carrying a baseball bat and started threatening her inside her home around 8:00 a.m. She stated that she told him she was going to call the police if he did not leave.

Police spoke to Myers who reportedly admitted he was involved in a verbal argument with the children, according to the complaint.

The complaint notes Myers admitted that he took a baseball bat with him to the residence, but he said that he dropped it outside in the yard.

When Patrolman Orr asked to see the bat, Myers invited him inside his house and showed him a black wooden baseball bat which was laying next to a metal crowbar. Myers reported he had picked the crowbar up off the sidewalk when he went to the residence, according to the complaint.

Myers was arraigned in front of Judge Fish at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, May 18.

Court documents indicate Myers also pleaded guilty to one third-degree felony count of criminal trespass on February 12, in relation to an incident where he reportedly kicked in the door of a residence in Oil City. Sentencing for the case has not yet been scheduled.

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