A man who held police in a standoff for several hours two months ago was sentenced Wednesday to 24 months of probation by a Douglas County judge.
Joshua D. Smith, 26, could have served several months in jail on each of three counts of endangering a child and domestic battery. The probation sentence was not opposed by the Douglas County District Attorney's office under a plea agreement.
On the morning of April 13, Lawrence police were dispatched to a townhouse in the 3000 block of Bainbridge Circle after receiving a 911 hang-up call. When they arrived, they found a woman who said she had been struck by Smith and that he had three young children in the residence. Smith eventually surrendered the children and later gave himself up without incident.
Smith apologized to Judge Jack Murphy for the incident and said he was trying to get his life back together and provide for his family.
Smith's wife, the domestic battery victim, also asked the judge to put Smith on probation.