Former North Jersey officer sentenced to up to 20 years in Doylestown standoff

Posted: March 29, 2013

A former Clifton, N.J., police officer who held off police with gunfire for 10 hours at a Doylestown Township home on Father's Day last year has been sentenced to 81/2 to 20 years in prison.

After pleading no contest, Richard Klementovich, 43, who has been in custody since his arrest, was sentenced Wednesday by Judge Rea B. Boylan, his lawyer, Jeffrey Simms of Passaic, N.J., said.

Charges included attempted homicide and aggravated assault.

On June 17, Klementovich holed up in the Bittersweet Drive home of his former wife, Jill Major, while she was away and, according to court documents, wrote an e-mail to her that said:

"I get angry. Angry at this job and law enforcement. And it's them who I will take out my anger on. They will do the job I couldn't and take my life."

After he shot at police cars and officers, wounding one slightly with shrapnel, Klementovich surrendered on the front lawn.

Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said at the time Klementovich "was having a bad time psychologically. There was some mention that he was on disability at work, and that medication was involved."

In his e-mail to his ex-wife, court documents showed, Klementovich apologized for his failures.

The couple, who have two children, had gone through a bitter divorce, authorities said.

Fellow officers from the Clifton Police Department in Passaic County responded to the standoff and helped talk Klementovich into surrendering, a 2012 department statement said.

"The SWAT team and all the men there could have taken him out," Clifton Police Lt. Patrick Ciser said at the time. "They were kind enough to show patience and professionalism. They saved that man's life."


Contact Walter F. Naedele at 610-313-8134, at wnaedele@phillynews.com, or follow @WNaedele on Twitter.

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