Man wielding shovel placed on probation

CLINTON — A Clinton man was granted a suspended sentence of two felony charges after destroying property and threatening people with a shovel.

Robert D. Lincoln, 55, 215 N. Third St., pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree criminal mischief, a Class D felony, and one count of going armed with intent, a Class D felony, Feb. 28.

District Court Judge Joel Barrows suspended a jail sentence not to exceed five years on both counts during sentencing Thursday in Clinton County District Court. A $750 fine on both counts was suspended. Lincoln was placed on probation for two years and ordered held in jail until a bed is available at Penn Center Care Facility in Delhi.

Lincoln was ordered to pay costs and fees, obtain a substance abuse evaluation, successfully complete any recommended treatment, abstain from the use of controlled substances and alcohol and submit to random urine tests.

A police affidavit filed with the court says that officers responded to a report Sept. 14 of a man in a store threatening people with a shovel and breaking things. Police dispatch reported that the store owner had shot a gun into the floor.

Upon arrival, officers saw broken glass from the front interior door and from multiple display cases that had been smashed, the affidavit says.

The owner said a man wielding a shovel broke out the glass in the front door and smashed the glass out of multiple display cases. The owner jumped behind the counter as the man swung the shovel multiple times at him, the affidavit says.

The owner grabbed his pistol and fired several shots toward the floor, which stopped the attack. The man with the shovel left before officers arrived at the scene, the affidavit says.

The store's video surveillance system showed Lincoln break out the inner door glass with a shovel, enter the store and smash the glass in multiple display cases, the affidavit says. Lincoln violently swung his shovel at the owner who ducked and moved to try and avoid the attack. Multiple patrons inside the store took cover.

Video showed the owner grab his pistol and fire several low shots toward Lincoln who stopped his attack and left the store, the affidavit says.