Citing Joshua Allen’s maintained sobriety, District Court Judge Travis O’Gorman sentenced Joshua Allen to serve 18 months probation and pay a $300 for attempted terroristic threats, criminal mischief and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The case against Allen, 48, of Alliance, came from an incident in November 2018. According to the Affidavit for Custody, officers with the Alliance Police Department were dispatched to the 400 block of Creswell Lane regarding shots being fired.

During an investigation, Allen told officers he had been in a verbal argument with a man, when the man began laughing at him. Allen told the officer he was upset so he walked outside with his firearm, pointed it in the air and discharged it. He said he wanted to make the man afraid of him.

Officers then responded to the report of a bullet hole being found in the ceiling of a residence in the 400 block of Creswell Lane. They investigated the report, determining the bullet hole came from Allen’s discharge of his firearm.

Allen was taken into custody. While he was being booked, a jailer found a bag of marijuana in Allen’s pocket.

He was charged with terroristic threats, a class 3A felony, use of a firearm to commit a felony, a class 1C felony, criminal mischief, a class 3 misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, an infraction.

Later, Allen took a plea agreement, pleading no contest to the reduced charge of attempted terroristic threats, a class 4 felony, criminal mischief and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At Allen’s sentencing, Deputy County Attorney Larry Miller said part of the problem was alcohol related.

Rebecca Chasek, Allen’s attorney, explained that Allen has been attending Alcoholics Anonymous regularly to treat his alcohol use since the incident. Chasek asked Judge O’Gorman to sentence Allen to probation.

Judge O’Gorman recognized Allen’s sobriety before sentencing him.

“Given your lack of criminal record, as well as the efforts you’ve taken since these charges—you’ve maintained sobriety at this point in time, and you’ve taken all the necessary steps to maintain it—I cannot rebut the presumption of probation.”

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