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Man Sentenced To Time Served For WOC Standoff
SNOW HILL -- A West Ocean City man arrested in March on numerous charges after a two-hour standoff resulted in one of the largest mobilizations of local law enforcement in recent memory was sentenced earlier this month in Circuit Court to three years in jail, all of which was suspended but the time he served awaiting trial.
Jasun Weistling, 38, of Ocean City pleaded guilty in September to a single second-degree assault charge and a pre-sentence investigation was ordered. Back in Circuit Court last week, Weistling was sentenced to three years in jail with all but two months and 15 days, or the equivalent of the time he served prior to trial, suspended. He was also placed on probation for three years and fined $1,000.
Around 5 p.m. on March 1, Worcester County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported domestic assault in progress on Blue Marlin Drive in West Ocean City. The initial investigation revealed Weistling had been involved in a domestic altercation involving family members including his children and was highly intoxicated and possibly under the influence of prescription medication, according to police reports. When deputies arrived, Weistling had fled from the home to the second floor of his detached two-car garage where he kept an office. According to sources, Weistling was self-employed as a day trader on the stock exchange from his home office. The perimeter was secured and the victims were extracted from the home. Over the next two-plus hours, Weistling remained in the garage office as the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Maryland State Police, Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) and the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office, continued to deploy massive amounts of manpower and equipment to the scene. SWAT teams in full regalia mobilized along with the Bomb Squad and its robot. Marked and unmarked police cars along with emergency services vehicles lined both sides of the otherwise peaceful street on both sides and in both directions as concerned neighbors looked on from a safe distance. It was uncertain at the scene if Weistling was armed, or the extent of his arsenal, but the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the suspect was believed to be armed and potentially dangerous. Multiple attempts to establish communications with Weistling were made by law enforcement officials to no avail. Finally, around 7:21 p.m., deputies were able to take Weistling into custody without further incident.