Lance Schell

Lance Schell

A man who fired more than 30 gunshots from the back of his home in a Masury neighborhood where the houses are close together recently entered a plea in the criminal case against him.

Lance A. Schell Jr., 44, of 8169 Lorain St., pleaded guilty or no contest Dec. 15 to inducing panic. Trumbull County Eastern District Court Judge Marty Nosich sentenced Schell to 1 day in jail with credit for the day he had already served, a $150 fine and 1 year of probation.

A charge of disorderly conduct was dismissed upon Schell’s agreeing that police had probable cause to file the charge, and to pay the costs associated with the charge.

The incident occurred June 20. Brookfield police were dispatched to a shots fired complaint, and the responding officers heard shots as they approached the neighborhood.

Schell told police he was target shooting in the back yard. Police said they found 33 shell casings and a live round on the back porch, and seized two handguns and a rifle.