According to the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, the 27-year-old suspect committed the crime at a home located on Aline Trail in Sparta, NJ.
A short time later, Sparta police arrived at the scene and conducted an investigation. Police officers learned that the suspect had allegedly gotten into an altercation with three men at the house. The suspect reportedly became angry when the three men left the residence without him.
While the three men were away from the house, the suspect allegedly sent them several text messages indicating that he would hurt them when they returned to the house.
The men later came back to the house. Once inside the residence, the men got into an argument with the suspect over a missing iPod. The suspect then reportedly grabbed a hatchet and threatened one of the men. The other two men overpowered the suspect and held him down until police arrived.
After investigating the incident, Sparta police officers eventually placed the suspect under arrest.
Last month, the suspect appeared in Sussex County Superior Court, located in Newton NJ, and pleaded guilty to the charges. He was subsequently sentenced to serve 2 years of probation. He also received credit for time served while awaiting trial.
Additionally, the superior court judge imposed a fine of $280 and ordered the suspect to complete an anger management program. The suspect will also be required to undergo periodic evaluations for drug abuse, as well as forfeit all weapons.
For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Man Who Threatened Friend with Hatchet Gets Probation.”