April 11, 2013
WAPAKONETA — A St. Marys man pleaded guilty and will spend 180 days in jail for threatening to shoot law enforcement officials, changing his plea from not guilty by reason of insanity.
Wearing a bandage on his right forearm, Brad L. Scheer appeared in court Thursday with his attorney Steven Billing for a competency hearing. Judge Gary Herman reviewed Scheer's psychiatric evaluation and found him competent to stand trial.
After Scheer pleaded guilty to aggravated menacing, Herman asked Scheer whether he’d rather go to jail or be on probation.
“I’d rather just stay in jail,” Scheer said.
Scheer was shot in mid-March after calling 911 and threatening to shoot officers who might come to his home. The dispatcher sent officers to the home, and Scheer walked outside holding what appeared to be a rifle. It was a pellet gun, said St. Marys Interim Police Chief Tim Eberle.
An ongoing problem
Billing said Scheer's family members reported Scheer's behavior is erratic only when he goes off his medication and drinks heavily.
“Mr. Scheer is fighting an ongoing battle. … I don’t think he has any malicious intent,” Billing said. “I don’t think he knows what he’s doing until it’s over with.”
Auglaize County Assistant Prosecutor Ben Elder said Scheer needs to get sober in order to get better, adding that his behavior is negatively affecting others.
“This case presents an interesting dilemma,” Elder said. “The ongoing problem in this case seems to be alcohol. … That’s the choice he’s made … time after time.”
Scheer has a history in the Auglaize County court system. Auglaize County Municipal Court records show Scheer was convicted of using weapons while intoxicated in 1993 and received a six-month jail sentence with 45 days suspended. He was convicted in 2012 of telephone harassment and was sentenced to 60 days in jail.
Scheer was convicted in 2008 of drunken driving and sentenced to six days in jail, according to St. Marys police records. He attempted suicide in 1993 and was sentenced to six months in jail for violating his probation.
Scheer also has two criminal damaging convictions from 1985 for which he did 90 days jail, disorderly conduct and public intoxication convictions from 1986 and persistent disorderly and drunken driving convictions from 1991, for which he received a 60-day suspended jail sentence.
Judge Herman imposed a 180-day jail sentence, saying he believes Scheer slowly killing himself. The judge told Scheer it’s not too late to change his mind.
“If you decide this is getting old, sitting in jail, all you have to do is ask for help, if you want it," Herman told Scheer.