MOUNT VERNON — Sentencing was handed down to Steven C. Andrews Jr. in Mount Vernon Municipal Court on Tuesday afternoon. Andrews had been found guilty by jury trial on Sept. 19 of three first-degree misdemeanor counts of aggravated menacing.
The incident, which occurred on May 12, resulted in Andrews pulling a handgun on his estranged wife and two other individuals following an argument and scuffle at her residence. Andrews was found not guilty on one fourth-degree misdemeanor charge of threatening domestic violence.
Representing Andrews on Tuesday was private attorney Stuart Benis. Prosecuting attorney Rob Broeren told Judge Paul Spurgeon that despite Andrews’ claims in his letters, he failed to show remorse, did not take responsibility for his actions and was obsessed with his wife.
“There was no obsession whatsoever,” said Benis in response to Broeren’s remarks. “There was a lot of duress; I feel there was a tremendous amount of remorse on his part,” he said, asking Spurgeon to consider showing grace in his sentencing.
“It didn’t seem logical to me,” Spurgeon said of Andrews’ claim that the weapon was brought with him to the residence for defensive purposes.
Andrews was then sentenced to 45 days in jail and two years of community control on each charge, which will be served concurrently. He must also pay a $500 fine plus court costs. He is to continue and complete counseling/therapy sessions for anger management and will be eligible for a work release.
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