Former militia member sentenced

JEFFERSON — A former militia member who held a knife to a man’s neck and refused to let him leave a Geneva motel room was sentenced in the case.

Patrick Longmire, 36, of Geneva Township, was sentenced by Judge Gary Yost to two years of intensive supervision by the probation office, according to court records. Longmire pleaded guilty July 25 to one count of attempted felonious assault and charges of kidnapping and aggravated menacing were dropped against him in the case.

The charges against Longmire stem from a Dec. 20 dispute between self-described militia members at the Geneva Motel, 4830 North Ridge Road East, according to a police report. Longmire is accused of assaulting and holding another man he had been in a militia with against his will.

Deputies were called to the Geneva Motel just before 8 p.m. by the accuser and two witnesses. The accuser, 19, told deputies Longmire recently got into a fight with his wife and he wanted to help Longmire fix things.

The 19-year-old tried calling Longmire multiple times but received no answer, the report states. Longmire then called the teen and told him to come to the motel room alone so they could “have a peaceful conversation with no knives.”

When Longmire answered the door he pulled the teen in, pushed him against the door and held a knife to his neck, the report states.

Another man ran to the room and saw Longmire in the doorway not letting the 19-year-old leave the room. When deputies arrived they ordered Longmire out of the room at gunpoint.

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