Man Gets Prison Time for Pointing Gun at Police

A man who was shot after pointing a gun at Springfield police officers was sentenced Monday to four years in prison.

Jerry Beasley, 44, was sentenced to the prison time after he pleaded guilty in December to assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

Police say Beasley told a 911 dispatcher he would shoot officers and there was "fixing to be a shootout" before police arrived at his northwest Springfield home on Aug. 12.

After negotiation attempts failed, Beasley came out of his house and pointed a rifle at officers.

A Springfield police officer then shot Beasley until Beasley let go of the rifle.

Beasley survived the shooting and was walking under his own power on Monday.

There was no ammo in Beasley's rifle at the time of the incident.

The four-year sentence was the maximum sentence allowable for Beasley's Class E felony conviction.

Judge David Jones, who sentenced Beasley on Monday, has a history of handing down lengthy sentences for defendants who create dangerous situations for police officers.

In 2016, Jones sentenced Joshua Hagood to life plus 115 years for shooting officer Aaron Pearson in the head.

And last year, Jones sentenced Cody Gallamore to 60 years in prison for firing a gun during a foot chase with police.

(story shared by Springfield News-Leader.  Read the original article here.)  

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