A local veteran who pleaded no contest a year ago to one count of possessing an assault weapon after he allegedly forced his way into a Saugus home, prompting a family to cower inside a room, was sentenced to 95 days in jail and ordered into nearly a dozen treatment programs. Jeremiah Charles Ditch, 37, of Santa Clarita, was arrested in December 2016 on suspicion of burglary in connection with an intruder incident on the 28400 block of Santa Rosa Lane. He pleaded no contest in August 2017 to one count of possessing an assault weapon. On July 18, Ditch was sentenced at the San Fernando Superior Court “ to probation for a term of four years” at San Fernando Superior Court, said Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. “Mr. Ditch voluntarily completed a residential drug treatment program called Cornerstone and completed several mental health treatment programs through the Veterans Administration,” he said. Terms Terms of Mr. Ditch’s probation included:
- Serve 95 days in Los Angeles County jail.
- Complete the Veterans Administration “Grant and Per Diem program” at Volunteers of America and reside there until he is discharged.
- After his discharge from the Grant and Per Diem program, Ditch is to reside with his father.
- Continue psychiatric treatment.
- Take any prescribed medications and abstain from illicit drugs and excessive alcohol use.
- Pursue counseling and therapy at a veteran’s center.
- Participate in Seeking Safety groups.
- Seek substance abuse counseling.
- Random drug testing through the Probation Department.
- Stay away from the victims and their residence.
- Pay restitution.