The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

February 5, 2013

Boasting gets man jail time

CONNEAUT —  A Conneaut man who last year reportedly boasted about firing a shot at police officers in 2007 faces six years in prison after his comments were captured on video, officials said.

Chad Wright, 40, of Buffalo Street recently pleaded guilty to a felonious assault charge and was sentenced in Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court to three years behind bars, with an extra three years added because a firearm was used, said Police Chief Charles Burlingham.

The incident began in April 2007, when police went to a different Buffalo Street address in response to a 911 call. A shotgun blast came from a third-story window, prompting police to seek cover. A five-hour standoff ensued, during which neighboring houses were evacuated. Wright was eventually captured in the house by members of a Special Weapons and Tactics team and, in June 2007, found guilty of two misdemeanors.

The old case got new life nearly five years later. In July, Wright was in city jail on another charge when he remarked about firing a shot at officers during the 2007 incident, Burlingham said. His comments were captured by a surveillance camera and the footage was given to county prosecutors for review. In September, Wright was charged with attempted murder and felonious assault, and a March trial was scheduled in Ashtabula County Commons Pleas Court.

There is no statute of limitations on such a crime, Conneaut Law Director David Schroeder said.

Text Only
Local News
Ashtabula County Alive
July 4 Celebrations 2014
Summer off to Big Start
Ashtabula County Flag Day 2014
Northeast Ohio Soap Box Derby 2014
Tour de State Line and Boating Season
Ashtabula County Memorial Day 2014
Sam Magill Sr. Memorial
Armed Forces Echo Taps 2014
Lakeside Loop Color Run
Keeping Ashtabula County Clean and Healthy
Canoe Race and Ashtabula Easter Events
The Taping of the Teacher: A sticky Sitation
18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva State Park
House Ads
AP Video
NDN Video
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years