Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Mermel told the Daily Herald he believed the bond should be increased for “someone so out of control as to be firing a weapon in a semi-residential area.” Mermel did not cite the amount he was seeking.
Dooley faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of the weapons charge, and up to three years on the cruelty to animals charge.
Dooley has at least one felony conviction from 1974 for a burglary in Alabama, but talk of a second burglary conviction from 1996 in West Virginia has not been confirmed.
Assistant Public Defender Sharmilla Manek asked the judge to release Dooley on a signature bond. Manek told the court that Dooley is a longtime resident of the area and insisted he does not pose a danger, especially since the police have taken all of his weapons.
Associate Judge Christopher Stride set the bond at $250,000 and ordered Dooley to return to court on February 25th.