Scott Douglas Weaver, 48, will leave the George Bailey Detention Facility on Jan. 22 as part of a one-year jail term imposed by San Diego Superior Court Judge Peter Gallagher for the July 23 incident. Most inmates leave jail after serving six months if a one-year term is imposed unless a judge specifically bars early release.
Weaver pleaded guilty to a felony count of attempting to use force on a witness and a misdemeanor charge of displaying a weapon in a threatening manner. Felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon and making a criminal threat were dismissed.
The incident occurred around 10:30 p.m. while SEAL instructors and trainees were conducting a dive near the Halsey Road bridge near Liberty Station. Weaver may not have known who the SEALS were or what they were doing.
His attorney, Nicok Ing, wrote the following statement in court records which Weaver initialed that reflect his conduct. "I attempted to threaten to use force on a witness and brandished an inoperable replica firearm (air soft gun) in a threatening manner, not in self-defense." The SEALS team called San Diego Police and said he was firing a pellet gun at them.
One of the SEALS team testified at the preliminary hearing and Weaver is under court order not to contact the man.
Court records show that Weaver was given credits for spending 201 days in jail and was fined $894. He was arrested that night by San Diego Police. The prosecutor declined comment.