Man in Border City standoff gets prison term

The local man involved in a police standoff last year in the Border City area is heading to prison.

Joshua Manko, 31, was sentenced Tuesday by Seneca County Judge Dennis Bender to 2 1⁄2 to 5 years behind bars after pleading guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree menacing. The weapons charge is a class D felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.

The charges stem from what police called a volatile domestic incident last September. Deputies responded to Manko’s apartment on Waterloo-Geneva Road after he threatened two adult family members with a butterfly/gravity knife.

Undersheriff John Cleere said the situation apparently started as a domestic dispute between Manko and his wife, with other family members intervening. Manko chased and threatened family members with the knife and tried to prevent them from leaving the apartment, which is near Emile’s Restaurant and Peppy’s Ice Cream.

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