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3/25/2014 6:00:00 AM
Man who threatened Christmas party with gun gets jail, probation
Scott Orr
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - A man who had been drinking at a family party Christmas Eve 2013 and threatened two people with a gun was Monday sentenced to 180 days in the county jail and five years' probation.

Wesley M. Lee, 22, of Prescott Valley, was getting ready to leave a family gathering at an apartment in the 5700 block of Market Street about 8 p.m. when he got into an argument with family members, PVPD Sgt. Brandon Bonney said.

"Lee was reportedly drinking heavily and this concerned the family because he wanted to drive home," Bonney said.

Lee yelled at them and then left the apartment. He broke the apartment window of a neighbor who looked outside to see what was going on, Bonney said.

His brother and brother's girlfriend went out to check on him, and he pulled out a handgun, pointed it at the couple and threatened them, Bonney said.

Officers who responded to the call found Lee running through the complex and, after a brief pursuit, were able to take him into custody.

Lee accepted a plea agreement that saw him admit to one count each of aggravated assault per domestic violence, and two counts of disorderly conduct with a deadly weapon.

He appeared before Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley on Monday for sentencing. Several family members were in court, and one, speaking for Lee's family, told her that "he is not a criminal" and that the incident was a "one-time" event.

Lee said he was sorry that he'd done it. "I just wish I could take it back," he said. "I regret it hugely."

Ainley said, "No matter how supportive (the family members) are, you don't have the right to treat them this way. Anything could have happened. Your finger could have slipped (on the trigger)."

She gave him 180 days in the Camp Verde jail, allowing for work release, plus five years probation and 240 hours of community service.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Article comment by: Retired B

This is commonly heard in the media when reporting a confrontation, "He is not a criminal" . . . "one time event".

And, when we hear or read this we might question, what kind of behavior defines a "criminal"?
We often hear of a young or old person committing a series of violent crimes that finally end in tragedy. And, the media often reports a family member, often a senior, say, "he was always such a good boy", as the 40 plus year old is sentenced to jail for manslaughter.
And so we often wonder, at what point in the progression from liquid courage fueled violent behavior as a young person, then along the path toward domestic abuse and tragedy, is one defined a "criminal".

Nonetheless, I hope this young man learns from this incident and his family supports him in a fruitful and peaceful direction. Choices - consequences.

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Article comment by: Give Free Speech Rights To Everyone!

Yep. Just give free speech to everybody because we know they won't mis-use it.

See how that works? Speech can inflame hatred and cause riots. What? There are laws against that? Go figure. Kind of like laws where pointing guns at people is illegal also?

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Article comment by: Give guns to everybody !

Yep. Just give guns to everybody because we know they won't mis-use them.

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Article comment by: Say What...?

Did a judge really say the words, "Anything could have happened. Your finger could have slipped (on the trigger)."

So... If his finger had "slipped," does that make it an accidental discharge of the weapon? And are we to then believe if the weapon was "inadvertently" pointed at the victims, does that mean the whole thing would be an "unfortunate accident?"

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