A Maxwell man who pleaded guilty to barricading himself inside his home with multiple guns during a five-hour standoff with deputies in August, was sentenced Monday to one year probation, according to Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds.
Benjamin Kent Dykstra, 42, pleaded guilty to interference with official acts, third-degree harassment, and a possession of marijuana charge late last month. He was originally charged with assault while displaying a weapon, domestic abuse, first-degree harassment, and interference with official acts.
According to the Story County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a domestic disturbance around 5 p.m. on Aug. 3 in the 500 block of Second Street. When deputies arrived, they encountered a man who had numerous firearms, and who refused to leave his home.
Negotiators were called to the scene to persuade Dykstra to leave the residence, and barricades were set up to block the roads near the residence to keep the public away.
Deputies said Dykstra finally walked out of the home around 9:45 p.m., and was taken to an area hospital for a mental health evaluation.
Reynolds said that Dykstra also received two days in jail for the marijuana charge and was ordered to complete a mental health evaluation.