DECATUR — The Decatur man who fired a bullet through his neighbor’s apartment ceiling — and then refused to come out in a standoff with police — has pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless discharge of a firearm.

Dillon R. Trimby, 26, appeared in Macon County Circuit Court on Friday and was sentenced to 24 months' probation for the Class 4 felony. Judge Thomas Griffith also ordered him to undergo a substance abuse and mental health evaluation.

A sworn police affidavit supporting the charges said a downstairs neighbor of Trimby’s in the 3700 block of North Portage Place heard a loud noise about 8:20 a.m. Jan. 7 and found a bullet hole through her ceiling.

Decatur police were called, but the affidavit said Trimby refused to come out of his apartment, although he did allow his girlfriend and a small child to leave. Trimby gave himself up three hours later.

The affidavit said the girlfriend told police Trimby had been “messing with the gun and it went off” while he was under the influence of drugs. She said she “did not believe he was shooting it at anyone.”

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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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