Man told to apologize for assault on finger
By Emma Breysse, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
November 9, 2012
An Arizona man must apologize to a Jackson cop after pleading guilty to battling the officer during his arrest.
Ronald Patrick Wear originally faced charges of felony interference with a peace officer and domestic violence. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor interference and breach of peace as part of the plea deal.
In a written sentence order last month, 9th Circuit Judge James Radda sentenced Wear to serve six months of unsupervised probation and pay $880 in fines and court fees. As a condition of his probation, Wear must write an apology letter to Officer Trevor Aitken, who had to use force to keep Wear from breaking his finger during his June arrest.
The court can approve or disapprove Wear’s apology. Wear also must get anger management and domestic violence evaluations as part of his probation.
Radda gave Wear a 180-day jail sentence, but suspended all but the one day Wear spent in jail following his arrest.
Police officers arrested Wear after reports of domestic violence downtown. Passersby told police that Wear threw his wife Christina Wear against a fence during a loud argument.
Christina Wear walked away when Aitken shined a flashlight on the couple, and her husband followed her despite Aitken’s demands that he stop. When Aitken again asked Wear to stop, he allegedly responded “F--- you, I’m not going to stop,” and continued yelling profanities.
Aitken grabbed Wear’s arm to get him to stop. Wear reacted by body-checking Aitken and shoving him out of the way. It took two officers to get Wear to kneel.
As Aitken was placing Wear in handcuffs, Wear is said to have grabbed the officer’s right-hand middle finger and bent it sideways.
Aitken reported that he thought Wear would break his finger and placed his knee in the middle of Wear’s back to force him back down.
A plea deal in September reduced the felony interference charge Wear faced to the misdemeanor charge he was sentenced for.