UPDATE (8/15/23): A man accused of causing an 11-hour standoff while he brandished what turned out to be a toy gun was sentenced to five years in prison this week.
Jason Lloyd and two other people barricaded themselves in a home in Hollister in January 2022, forcing a response from law enforcement that included Taney County Sheriff and Springfield Police SWAT units and use of gas grenades, pepper balls, sound devices and phone conversations by negotiators.
Deputies were attempting to arrest Lloyd, who was accused of assault on another man with a pipe or trailer axle at a nearby location.
Eventually, the suspects were taken into custody and law enforcement discovered that the only weapons in the residence were a toy pistol, an air pistol, and a pellet rifle.
According to online court reports, Lloyd was sentenced Monday, August 14, to five years for second-degree assault, four years for resisting arrest and a year for armed criminal action. The sentences are to be served concurrently.
Also charged were Justin Lloyd and Chrystal Pledger. Both pleaded guilty in June of 2022 to misdemeanor assault and were sentenced to 143 days in jail – time served since their arrests.
Original story posted Jan. 31, 2022
HOLLISTER, Mo. – Three people were arrested in Hollister Sunday after an hours-long standoff with police.
Jason Lloyd and Chrystal Pledger are charged with 2nd-degree assault and armed criminal action, and Justin Lloyd is charged with resisting arrest for a felony.
According to court documents, on January 29th, the three suspects barricaded themselves inside a residence for 11 hours while negotiations were attempted by officers.
Negotiators tried to convince the suspects to come outside, but these attempts were met with threats of violence and pointing at officers with what appeared to be a silver pistol.
The suspects also said they had multiple other firearms inside the building, such as AR-15’s and shotguns.
Taney County Sheriff and Springfield Police SWAT units responded to the scene and attempted to end the standoff using gas grenades, pepper balls, sound devices, and phone conversations by negotiators.
All three suspects continued to challenge law enforcement, saying that they would kill any officer who attempted to enter the residence and arrest them.
The suspects at one point threw what appeared to be a large, possibly professional-grade firework out the window at officers, causing a large detonation and a small fire.
Law enforcement finally breached the residence, and the suspects broke through the floor in a rear bedroom in an attempt to escape. Officers removed them from underneath the residence.
After taking the suspects into custody, law enforcement discovered that the only weapons in the residence were a toy pistol, an air pistol, and a pellet rifle.