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Dog waste fight leads to threats, jail time – Altoona Mirror

by Arifa Rana

Apr 21, 2022
HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County judge has imposed a minimum of eighth months’ incarceration on an Altoona man who rendered no contest pleas to criminal charges that developed after the man and his neighbor argued about cleaning up dog feces.
Brian D. Jones, 50, who remains incarcerated in the county prison, pleaded to charges of terroristic threats, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment and driving with a suspended license.
“I should have moved out,” Jones told Judge Jackie Bernard on Tuesday.
The disagreements with the neighbor were “an ongoing thing,” he told the judge.
On March 30, 2021, Altoona police were dispatched to the 2600 block of West Chestnut Avenue where the neighbor told police that Jones pointed a handgun at him during an argument, then fled.
Before the argument, when Jones wasn’t home, the neighbor asked Jones’ girlfriend about cleaning up the dog feces in the backyard.
After Jones arrived home, police said Jones confronted the neighbor, which led to their argument.
The neighbor also told police that when Jones pointed the handgun at him, his young children were standing beside him. Jones then left and drove away, according to the charges filed against him.
Jones told Bernard that he was working that day and was forced to stop because he had to go home to get tools. He described it as “a bad day.”
Bernard told Jones that a bad day is when he needs patience.
“Life presents all sorts of stressors,” the judge said. “You have to think before you react.”
In addition to eight months to 23.5 months in jail, Jones will be on probation for an additional five years, based on the imposed sentence.
Bernard also directed Jones to undergo drug and alcohol and mental health assessments and follow through with any recommendations.
Jones also must complete an anger management class.
Assistant District Attorney Ian Hausner advised the judge that the victims in the case offered no recommendation for consideration at sentencing.
“They just want to be left alone,” Hausner said.
Defense attorney John Siford told the judge that Jones wants nothing to do with them. Jones and his girlfriend no longer live at that residence, Siford said.
Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 814-946-7456.
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