BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – A local restaurant owner learned his sentence Tuesday after entering a plea in his domestic case.
Michael Alberini, owner of Michael Alberini’s Restaurant in Boardman, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges of unlawful restraint and menacing.
Judge Joseph Houser sentenced him to a $500 fine. He will have no jail time as long as he serves 40 hours of community service and complies with the other orders of his sentencing.
He was ordered to stay away from the victim and her family for two years (the length of his probation). He also must be assessed for substance abuse and receive treatment and cannot have access to any firearms.
Police arrested Alberini in December after they were called to his home on a report he was drunk with a gun.
A woman at the house, who officers said was barricaded in a bedroom, told police that Alberini threatened her and threatened a standoff if she called anyone.
Alberini had requested a bench trial on his charges of domestic violence and unlawful restraint but ended up entering the plea before it started.
Although Alberini offered no explanations or apologies, the lawyer for his victim told the judge that this has been a “very difficult” ordeal for her client.
“We hope that Mr. Alberini gets the help that he so desperately needs with substance abuse and alcohol,” said Attorney Jill Landau.