Report: Man Avoids Prison for 2011 Armed Standoff

Jeffrey Stroman was armed, camouflaged and under the influence of meth when Willistown Police captured him in September 2011, according to the Daily Local News.

A 39-year-old man will not go to prison after pleading guilty to charges resulting from an armed standoff with Willistown Police in 2011, according to the Daily Local News.

On Sept. 6, 2011, Jeffrey Stroman was under the influence of methamphetamine and believed neighbors and a mob-connected restaurateur were out to get him, according to the Daily Local article:  

Deciding to get the jump on them, Stroman first grabbed a 9mm handgun he owned and hid outside in the rain at the complex on West Chester Pike near the Ridley Creek State Park, He watched people “combing the woods around my apartment complex military style,” he later told a psychologist. “I assumed they’d either put a bullet in my head or kidnap me.”
After several hours, Stroman ran to the nearby Army Reserve Center where he climbed a fence and donned a camouflage outfit he found in a duffle bag there. Armed now with a 22-caliber rifle, he fired as many as 60 rounds into the air, hoping, he said, to attract police attention so that he would be safe from those who were after him.

During sentencing, Common Pleas Court Judge Jacqueline C. Cody told Stroman he cannot be around guns.

After the 2011 incident, Malvern Patch reported that Stroman had multiple guns stashed throughout the area:

After taking Stroman into custody at gunpoint, police say they found more weapons in and around his apartment, including:
  • .22 caliber carbine rifle, modified to conceal or silence the discharge
  • .22 caliber rifle in basement
  • 12-gauge shotgun in pump house
  • AK-47 assault rifle hidden inside a speaker

Willistown Police Officer William Murrin, Officer Zachary Bullock and Sgt. Michael Lapira received letters of commendation for their work on the case. 

Stroman was involved in a similar incident in 2010, when a regional S.W.A.T. team took him into custody.

Though he will not go to prison, he will be under court supervision until 2025, according to the Daily Local reporting.

Pete Kennedy October 08, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Greg, I don't have an answer for that, but here's some more info. Here's the DLN story on the 2010 incident: http://www.dailylocal.com/article/20100506/NEWS/305069971/cops-seize-man-after-he-shoots-up-home Malvern Patch wasn't around at that time in 2010, but the incident was mentioned at the 2011 Willistown Police Awards ceremony: http://malvern.patch.com/articles/crowd-turns-out-for-willistown-police-awards-night
Greg October 08, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Thanks Pete! I cited some of the info from those articles in my comment, and it just makes this ruling a bit more bizarre to me. Several Federal firearms regulations were violated here (based on what's in the article), so the light-handed response seems highly unusual. If the reporting of the AK-47 is correct, that's usually a sizable fine and/or punishment from the feds. There's a reason you get to go through a more involved process to legally obtain a Class III firearm.
RHoney October 09, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Judge Cody you are Weak!!! It appears you need to be reminded of the Oath you swore too. Your sentence is a disservice to the public that you serve. You're not in private civil court anymore. You're in the big leagues now where people can and will get hurt because of your decisions. I'm sure if this defendant lived in your neighborhood he would have been sent away regardless if he had mental health issues or not.
Concerned Resident October 22, 2012 at 02:11 PM
You are kidding me? Thanks Judge Cody for keeping our streets dangerous! Hat's off to the Police Officers in this situation.
concerned citizen January 25, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Sometimes there are circumstances that are not appropriate for the public and media to have access to, so we need to have faith in the decisions made by people who do have access to the facts. As for the police, thank you for the way you handled that night, stay safe out there.


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