SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– A 62-year-old man was convicted Thursday of threatening his stepson with what the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office calls a “Japanese-style sword”.
Augustine A. Mendoza of Springfield was found guilty of Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Domestic Assault after admitting to the court that he punched his step-son, chased him around their home with a Japanese-style sword, and shouted threats at him.
These events are said to have taken place on August 4th, 2017.
According to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office statement, Mendoza said his step-son did nothing to provoke this behavior.
“The jury deliberated for one hour before returning its verdict,” the PA statement says.
The defendant could receive up to four years in prison for the crimes he was convicted of.
Mendoza’s sentencing hearing is set for October 5, 2018.