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Probation ordered for Rib Mountain man who pointed loaded gun at neighbor

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By Shereen Siewert

WAUSAU — A 27-year-old Rib Mountain man who pointed a loaded pistol at a neighbor and threatened to shoot the woman and her son will avoid prison if he successfully completes a three-year probation term.

James Justin Mack Farrar appeared Monday in Marathon County Circuit Court for sentencing after reaching a plea deal in five open cases. During Monday’s hearing, Farrar was convicted of second degree recklessly endangering safety, violating a harassment restraining order and bail jumping. Several additional charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

In the most serious case, filed in December 2017, police were called to an apartment complex by a then-61-year-old woman who said she asked Farrar, her neighbor, to be quiet after hearing him yelling through a shared wall of the apartment. That’s when Farrar came to the woman’s door, pointed a .40-caliber pistol at the woman’s head and said he “had a bullet” for the victim’s son, according to court documents.

The victim slammed the door shut and called 911.

Police seized a Walther PPX pistol and two magazines of ammunition from Farrar, then took him to the hospital for a chemical test of his blood.

At the time of his arrest, Farrar was close to completing a deferred sentencing agreement in a 2015 case where he faced misdemeanor charges of having sex with a child age 16 or older. Farrar was 23 at the time those charges were filed. The charge would have been dismissed had Farrar avoided arrest until March 2018, four months after the gun incident in Rib Mountain.

Reserve Circuit Judge Thomas Grover on Monday gave Farrar a withheld sentence and ordered him to spend three years on probation. If Farrar fails to follow the rules of his probation, he’ll come before a judge again for a new sentencing.

Grover also ordered Farrar to undergo any counseling as deemed appropriate by his probation agent, undergo both AODA and mental health assessments, have no contact with the victim and pay court costs including a DNA surcharge.

If Farrar fails to follow the rules of his probation, he’ll come before a judge again for a new sentencing.

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