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Charles Herbers found guilty and sentenced to 16 years in prison
October 10, 2007

Press Release For Immediate Release October 9, 2007

(HAMILTON, OH) Charles Herbers, a 43-year old Hamilton man was found guilt today by a jury on two counts of Felonious Assault, first degree felonies, and Inducing Panic, a fifth degree felony.

On April 3, 2007, Hamilton Police responded to a domestic dispute involving the defendant and his wife. Herbers, who was inside the residence with a riffle and shotgun, refused to come out of the house and fired shots toward police officers outside. After negotiations failed, SWAT was able to apprehend the defendant by using gas cartridges to force him outside of the residence.

Herbers was sentenced by Judge Sage immediately after the conclusion of the trial and received a 16-year prison sentence.

Prosecutor Piper stated, "This guy is lucky he didn't get killed by Hamilton SWAT's sharpshooters. If you shoot at a police officer, they have every right to shoot back. Thankfully, they are well trained and skilled and were able to take the defendant into custody without him getting hurt. The sentence of 16-years is well justified. You can't shoot at police officers who are just doing their jobs. These police officers were attempted to quell a volatile situation and their lives were placed in jeopardy by an idiot with a gun. When Herbers was taken into custody, he told police 'it was fun' --- 16 years in prison will help him understand putting people's lives in jeopardy is not a game."

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