Tyler Nathan Thornton, a 38-year-old man, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges stemming from an assault on the mother of his children and an ensuing ten hour standoff with the Costa Mesa Police in November of last year.
Thornton was sentenced to 196 days in jail however he already served that time. He was also placed on four years of formal probation and ordered to perform eight hours of community service and attend classes for domestic violence and child abuse.
Thornton accepted charges of felony resisting arrest as well as corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, and two misdemeanor counts of child abuse and endangerment.
The woman Thornton assaulted contacted the police at about 12:30 a.m. Nov. 3. She was able to escape from their home at the 3200 block of Dakota Avenue. The couple’s two children remained inside the home with Thornton when the police officers arrived on the scene.
Thornton had a registered firearm and he threatened the responding officers. Police later found a handgun, two long guns and an airsoft replica gun.
Nearby homes had to be evacuated as a SWAT team and K-9 units took positions around the residence. Ten hours later Thornton was finally arrested.