Timothy Schaffer Sentencing Continued

Timothy Paul Schaffer
Timothy Paul Schaffer

After being found guilty on June 3rd of Aggravated Assault and Battery, Timothy Paul Schaeffer was initially scheduled to be sentenced Friday morning in 4th Judicial District Court. The charges stemmed from an incident in the early morning hours of October 24, 2009 at Willy's Lounge in Sheridan, where Schaeffer and another after-hours poker player, Brian “Beaver” Legerski got into a fight that resulted in Schaeffer brandishing a flare gun and using a taser on Legerski.

His trial was not a smooth one, with Schaeffer resorting to angry, obscenity-ridden outbursts over the two days. In several subsequent hearings after a twelve-person jury found him guilty, Schaffer went before Judge John Fenn with complaints about his counsel, who at the time was Court-appointed Public Defender Robert Jones. At a hearing on July 20th, Judge Fenn ruled to allow a Motion to Fire Robert Jones, and Schaffer took on his own case Pro Se.

As part of that hearing, Jones said that he had no problem withdrawing from representing Schaffer, but to remind the defendant that if he waived his right to counsel and went Pro Se, he must understand that he wouldn't be assigned another attorney.

In what turned out to be a bit of a blind side to State's attorneys Dianna Bennett and Darci Arsene Friday morning, Judge Fenn told the Court that he's received numerous letters from Schaffer, including a Motion to Be Appointed an Attorney. Judge Fenn said that sentencing would be continued until the Court could appoint him another Public Defender. The whole process took about three minutes and court was adjourned, leaving a baffled prosecution wondering why the judge made the change.


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