GALLIPOLIS — A Gallia County man who was recently arrested after he allegedly threatened to shoot his wife as well as law enforcement officers is now facing probation violations through a previous felony case.
Leonard Jeff Maynard, 54, Gallipolis, was present before Gallia County Common Pleas Judge D. Dean Evans last week for an arraignment on various alleged community control violations, including the allegation that the defendant threatened to shoot his wife and police officers earlier this month.
Maynard was arrested by deputies with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office working with officers with the Gallipolis Police Department late in the evening on January 10 after the victim in this case reported to the police department that her husband had threatened to shoot her earlier in the evening and had reportedly brandished a gun.
The victim reported to police that she left her home on Spruce Street Extension after the incident and traveled to the Gallipolis Police Department where she later spoke with deputies as Maynard’s residence lies just outside the Gallipolis City Limits.
The victim told law enforcement that, in addition to threatened her, Maynard had stated that he had AK-47s and AR-15s and would “shoot it out” with police as they traveled up his driveway.
Due to the threats, deputies and police officers traveled on foot to the Maynard residence, and, upon arrival, observed the suspect on his porch.
According to the police report, Maynard was pacing on the porch while talking on the phone. He was reportedly yelling that, when the cops arrived, he would shoot it out with them.
The officers reportedly observed a long gun located just inside the house doorway that was standing open.
As the deputies moved toward the suspect and identified themselves, they ordered Maynard to get to the ground. Maynard reportedly failed to comply with their orders and turned around in an attempt to get inside the house.
The suspect was then tased by police and fell onto the porch, near where the gun was located inside the doorway.
Maynard was taken into custody and transported to the Gallia County Jail.
A second firearm was also reportedly located just inside the residence and a kitchen knife was found inside the suspect’s pants pocket. The firearms, both .22 caliber rifles, were reportedly found unloaded, and one of the firearms was reportedly not functional.
Maynard was later arraigned in the Gallipolis Municipal Court where he was charged with aggravated menacing, domestic violence and resisting arrest.
His bond was set at $75,000, 10 percent, and he is scheduled to appear for a court pre-trial hearing on January 29 in the municipal court.
In his felony case, Maynard was indicted in October 2012 and later pleaded not guilty to a charge of possessing one 10 milligram broken blue Adderall (amphetamine) capsule on June 21, 2012, a fifth degree felony.
After negotiating a plea agreement in this case, Maynard entered a guilty plea to drug possession and was sentenced on April 24, 2013, to two years of probation.
A warrant for the arrest of the defendant was later issued on December 19 after it was believed that he had absconded supervision.
He later appeared for an arraignment hearing on the community control violations on December 23 — violations that include the allegation that he was issued a ticket for physical control by a sheriff’s deputy at 3:11 a.m. on December 19, and did not advise his probation officer of such, among other violations.
He was later released on bond from the Gallia County Jail.
Additional probation violations were filed in this case on January 13 following his arrest on January 10 after he was in the possession of firearms and allegedly threatened to shoot his wife and law enforcement, failed to comply with law enforcement and was allegedly consuming alcohol on the night of the incident.
Following his arraignment hearing on these newest violations last week, his bond was set at $50,000, 10 percent, with an additional bond of $1,500, 10 percent. He was ordered to appear for a hearing on the alleged violations on February 19 in the common pleas courtroom.