A man whose actions prompted a Labor Day manhunt on Chesapeake Drive will serve six months in jail.
Gary Pritt, 64, was found guilty of reckless endangerment while intoxicated, and Harford County District Court Judge Susan Hazlett sentenced him to three years in jail with all but six months suspended.
Pritt has been at the Harford County Detention Center since Sept. 2, after police found him under a tarp in Havre de Grace.
Pritt lived in a second-floor apartment in the 700 block of Chesapeake Drive, where he had been arguing with the basement tenant about the types of people he was bringing into the building and threatened the other man with a gun, according to charging documents.
According to charging documents, Pritt began drinking alcohol the afternoon of Sept. 1 and threw items, including tires, down the stairs at the other tenant.
"My body set on fire, my face set on fire, my hands set on fire," Pritt said in Harford County District Court on Oct. 1, chained at the waist and dressed in black-and-white-striped long johns.
Another tenant called authorities after Pritt, wearing a shoulder holster with a pistol, told the resident to stay inside because “he did not want him to be a part of what was going to occur," charging documents stated.
When Pritt learned someone called police, he ran away.
The Havre de Grace Police Department, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and a Maryland State Police helicopter assisted in the search for Pritt, who was described as a white male who was armed, "wearing cut-off khaki shorts, a cut-off shirt, and a cowboy hat" in charging documents.
A K9 officer located Pritt under a rolled-up tarp beneath a patio set in the 700 block of Chesapeake Drive, with a black semi-automatic FN Herstal 9mm handgun and two loaded magazines nearby, according to charging documents.
"Do you understand how scary your behavior was?" Judge Hazlett asked Pritt.
Pritt apologized to the other residents and said he had depression and was off his medication.
"I just couldn't keep up with everything," said Pritt, who identified himself as a veteran and retired carpenter forced to decide between paying for his rent or his medication, with the rent winning out.
"Your behavior on this night sounds far more serious than depression," Hazlett said.
She sentenced him to anger management and substance abuse programs, in addition to six months in jail. Some of Pritt's former housemates filed peace orders against him, and he was ordered to stay away from his former residence on Chesapeake Drive.