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West gets 5 days for armed standoff
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The man who held lawmen on a 45-minute armed standoff in Newtown earlier this month has been released on time-served and his two prior charges, one of which involved fighting with deputies, have been dismissed.
The man, Barry West, 55, was given an 11-month, 29-day probationary sentence and released on five-days, time-served for reckless driving, simple possession of drugs and disorderly conduct. He was also directed by General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to undergo mental health counseling.
Also, as part of his plea bargain, two prior charges, one for breaking into someone’s hot tub and another for fighting with deputies when they tried to arrest him, were dismissed.
The charges to which West entered guilty pleas arose Feb. 16 when he chased down a deputy from behind in his vehicle. West honked his horn and flashed his lights to get the deputy to stop. When both vehicles pulled over, West reportedly began speaking incoherently to the deputy.
West then jumped in his vehicle and took off. He pulled over in Newtown at the Dollar General store. However, when the deputy approached, he saw a gun in the front seat. When West refused to show his hands and step out peacefully, a standoff began. Investigator Steven Carpenter was eventually able to talk him out of the vehicle.