NORRISTOWN — A Limerick man who threw his wife and daughter out of the house before threatening to burn it down in November pleaded guilty Tuesday and was given jail time at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.
Daniel Ellis, 41, of the first block of Faust Lane, pleaded guilty to one count of terroristic threats and one count of recklessly endangering another person in front of Judge Steven O’Neill. He was sentenced to serve 11½ to 23 months in prison followed by one year of probation. Court documents state Ellis is to be placed under “intensive mental health supervision” in prison. He will also undergo a series of drug tests while under probationary supervision.
On Nov. 17, 2013, at 8:34 a.m. Ellis called police and reported that he had just thrown his daughter and wife out of the house. He said he was going to kill himself and burn his house down.
When Limerick Township police arrived they heard Ellis yell, “I’m going to commit suicide by cop.”
The arresting affidavit states police were able to see Ellis pour gasoline from a red canister inside of the house. Police also noticed two other people in the house who eventually came out.
Police called the Limerick Fire Company because they believed there was going to be a fire; however, Ellis was taken into custody shortly afterwards.
The two witnesses who were inside the house with Ellis told police he poured gasoline on the front of the house, on the front steps and on a car that was parked in the driveway. One of the witnesses said Ellis was threatening the police and said, “This place is going to blow.” Police later learned Ellis lit a candle in the house after they told him not to.
Investigators later spoke to Ellis’ wife who said he had spent an entire paycheck on cocaine before the incident.
After the house was cleared, police found a crack pipe burnt on both sides in the home.