A Porter man has
been sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to an amended charge of
pointing a handgun in connection with an incident at Danny O’s in June 2016.
Daniel H. Puent II,
46, with a listed address of 218 Michigan St., was sentenced on Jan. 20 to
two years in the Indiana Department of Correction, with the entirety of the
term suspended but for the six days he spent in jail after his arrest.
Pointing a firearm
is a Level 6 felony punishable by a term of six to 30 months.
In exchange for
Puent’s plea, the Porter County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office dismissed the
original seven charges filed against him: intimidation, a Level 5 felony
punishable by a term of one to six years; four counts of criminal
recklessness, a Level 6 felony; and one count of public intoxication, a
Class B misdemeanor.
Court Judge Bill Alexa also ordered Puent to “continue with and complete
aftercare through Care Counseling Services,” an alcohol treatment program
based in Valparaiso; to pay a fine of $200; and to pay court costs of $183.
In addition, Alexa ordered Puent’s “weapons to be destroyed or used for
Puent was arrested
in the early morning hours of June 19. According to the report filed at the
time by the Chesterton Police Department, Puent entered Danny O’s, 1050 S.
Calumet Road, close to last call, “became disruptive and abusive toward the
bartender,” and initially refused to pay his tab and leave when asked. Puent
eventually did so, at which time an employee locked the doors behind him and
announced last call.
Not long after,
police said, a patron opened the door to leave for the night, only to find
Puent standing there and pointing a gun at his head, police said. The patron
“quickly swatted the hand of M. Puent” and managed to “keep the gun away
from (himself) in a physical struggle” until he succeeded in taking Puent to
the ground, at which point a friend “jumped in help keep Mr. Puent down,”
subsequently advised police that “he was afraid for his life and that during
the struggle Mr. Puent said that he was going to kill him,” police said.
Puent, for his
part, made no statement but did show signs of intoxication. The gun
itself--a Ruger LC9 9mm semi-automatic--proved to have a fully loaded
magazine and a chambered round, police said.
The original four
counts of criminal recklessness filed against Puent were for “each person
that would have been down range had he opened fire,” police added.