Joshua Donahue was living the dream.
The West Chester man was happily married with two children and a good job working on a federal aerospace contract.
That all changed when his wife kicked him out of their home in September, leading him on a path that would end with felonious assault and weapons charges, he told a Warren County judge Wednesday.
Donahue, 35, pleaded guilty to one count felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and one fourth-degree felony count of carrying a concealed weapon.
He originally faced a slew of felony criminal charges, including additional counts of felonious assault and carrying a concealed weapons, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and tampering with evidence.
The charges stem from a Dec. 13 incident at Lucky Dog Grille on Reading Road in Mason. Police say an altercation erupted between Donahue and another man, and Donahue tried to stab him.
Donahue left the scene with his girlfriend and brandished a gun at the victim from his car before police apprehended him.
Police say they found two knives on Donahue’s person, in addition to a loaded gun found in his girlfriend’s purse belonging to Donahue and a butterfly knife and gun magazine in the vehicle.
Donahue pleaded with Warren County Common Pleas Court Judge Donald Oda for leniency and for the judge to have faith in him.
“I am not a revolving door criminal,” he said. “I don’t have a criminal history.”
The judge disagreed, pointing out the seriousness of Donahue’s crimes and that his $250,000 bond had already been revoked for violating the terms of his release. Donahue failed to appear for a court-ordered drug test and missed an appointment with Warren County Pretrial Services, according to court documents.
“You tell me you take responsibility, but that it’s somehow out of your control and not your fault,” Oda said. “Leniency and mercy are for those people who come in, acknowledge what they did, truly accept responsibility for what they did, and ask for mercy.”
Oda sentenced Donahue to terms of two years and 18 months in prison, to be served concurrently, although he suggested he would grant early release after six months. Donahue must also pay court costs and complete three years community control.