Crime & Courts

Man involved in Lake in the Hills police standoff sentenced to prison

Additional charges dismissed after plea

Garrett C. Kowalczyk, 28, of the 100 block of Harvest Gate, Lake in the Hills.
Garrett C. Kowalczyk, 28, of the 100 block of Harvest Gate, Lake in the Hills.

A 28-year-old man who threatened police officers while he was barricaded inside his Lake in the Hills home in February has been sentenced to prison.

Garrett C. Kowalczyk accepted a deal from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office on Thursday and pleaded guilty to aggravated assault of a peace officer in connection with the Feb. 8 police standoff. McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge sentenced Kowalczyk to 1½ years in prison.

The charge stemmed from threats Kowalczyk made toward the officers who responded to his home in the 100 block of Harvest Gate for a report of an intoxicated man.

When police arrived, Kowalczyk allegedly told officers, “I have a gun” and “I’ll shoot you,” according to the criminal complaint.

Kowalczyk did not display a weapon, and authorities found no firearms when they later searched the man’s home.

In exchange for Kowalczyk’s guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed additional charges, including threatening a public official, resisting a peace officer, and criminal damage to property.

If he had been convicted of threatening a public official, Kowalczyk would have faced between two and five years in prison.

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