A Myersville, Md., man who was attempting to commit suicide last year, and pointed a handgun at police officers when they approached to help him, was in Washington County Circuit Court Tuesday.
A judge sentenced 46 year old James Jardina to 20 years in prison with all but 12 years suspended. "He will not be eligible for parole until he has served at least half of that sentence, because first-degree assault is a crime of violence," said Leon Debes, Washington County Assistant States Attorney. Jardina pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony in July. "He was given credit to all the time served since the time the warrant was served on him. It's been almost a full year since the warrant has been served," continued Debes. Jardina was given 354 days credit for time he has spent incarcerated.
On June 12, 2012, Jardina's wife called 911 and told authorities that her husband was contemplating suicide. A deputy and a Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police officer saw Jardina's pickup truck in the park-and-ride lot, off Mapleville Road, in Smithsburg. When they approached, Jardina got out and pointed a handgun at them. The officers fired 33 rounds, hitting Jardina multiple times.
Jardina has undergone 13 surgeries for injuries he received in the incident. He was in a wheelchair for the sentencing hearing, Debes said.
An investigation determined the handgun in Jardina's possession was stolen. "He was also sentenced to a concurrent five years in prison for the handgun charge," said Debes.