A Streetsboro man who police say brought a loaded gun into a city bar in December 2012 and threatened suicide has pleaded guilty to a felony weapons charge.
Patrick F. Kelly, 53, faces a minimum of probation or local jail time -- or up to a year in prison -- after pleading guilty recently in Portage County Common Pleas Court to illegal possession of a firearm in liquor permit premises, a fifth-degree felony.
Judge Laurie Pittman ordered a pre-sentence investigation, and also ordered Kelly to receive both substance abuse and mental health evaluations prior to sentencing.
Kelly was indicted Dec. 13, 2012, on the felony charge, as well as two lesser charges -- inducing panic, a first-degree misdemeanor, and domestic violence, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. The misdemeanors were dismissed by the Portage County Prosecutor's Office pursuant to Kelly's plea deal, according to court records.
Streetsboro police responded to the Streets Bar & Grill, 9107 Route 14, on Dec. 4, 2012, after Kelly went there following what police Lt. Darin Powers described as "a domestic issue" at his home. Kelly began drinking alcohol at the bar until the female showed up there.
At that point, Powers said, Kelly pulled out a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun, threatened to shoot the woman and put the gun to his own head. Streetsboro police officers arrived and talked to Kelly for five minutes, at which time he dropped the gun, Powers said. After Kelly refused to comply with additional orders, he was struck with a TASER device. That caused him to fall to the ground, where officers brought him under control, Powers said.
Kelly was taken to Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna for treatment of a minor head wound suffered when he fell to the ground, then arrested, charged and booked at the Portage County jail, Powers said.
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