A Carbon County man, who wielded a sword at a police officer who responded to a domestic incident, was sentenced to a county jail term on Tuesday.
Randy Pastor, 19, of Palmerton, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve a total of six to one day less 24 months in the county prison. Pastor previously pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault, as a felony two. He was given a break by the commonwealth which did not seek the weapon enhancement provision of the law which would have mandated a longer jail term.
Pastor was arrested for an incident on June 1, 2012. Officer Christopher Ritter of the Palmerton police responded to the defendant's residence to a report of a domestic incident in progress. On scene Ritter found Pastor in a hallway wielding a large sword over his head. Ritter had to use his taser to subdue Pastor.
Yesterday defense Attorney Paul Levy commended Ritter for his restraint in handling the incident. He said Ritter would have been "justified to shoot him, without a doubt."
Levy said Pastor suffers from a mental health condition and is bipolar. He also said Pastor was involved in the use of drugs and alcohol at the time of the incident.
Pastor expressed remorse for what he did, claiming he did not remember anything of the incident.
Ritter, however, told the court he was concerned about the welfare of Pastor's grandmother, who was the victim of the domestic incident.
He said Pastor assaulted his grandmother by grabbing her by the throat and throwing her against a wall in the home.
He said Pastor is currently living in the home with his grandmother and they are the only ones residing there. He said he feared for the grandmother's safety because of Pastor's mental health problems which led to a suicide attempt after the incident.
Matika said Ritter showed tremendous restraint in handling the very dangerous incident. He said he was not going to send Pastor to a state prison because of the mental health issue and what he had done since.
Pastor is currently receiving counseling and has gone through an anger management program.
In addition to the jail term, Matika ordered Pastor to render 100 hours of community service when released on parole, get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation of treatment, complete anger management program, continue mental health counseling, and zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and supply a DNA sample. He was given credit for one day spent in jail on the charge.
He must also pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.
Pastor will begin the jail term Wednesday at 5 p.m.