He'll be spending five year in prison.
A Brunswick man is going off the prison for pointing a loaded handgun at Frederick Police officers. Lavonte Nash, 19, was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison, with all but 5 years suspended.
Prior to his sentencing, Nash entered an Alford Plea to two counts of 2nd-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, and one count each of the use of a handgun in a crime of violence and possession of PCP. Under this type of plea, the defendant doesn't admit guilt, but acknowledges the prosecution has enough evidence to convict him.
On March 11th, 2012, Nash was stopped by police along Key Parkway and Bel Aire Lane because a light was out on his motor scooter. He ran away, but officers were able to catch him. That's when he pulled out a loaded handgun from his waist band. Authorities say Nash fought with police and had to be tased.
In addition to the firearm, police also recovered a cigarette dipped in PCP on Nash's person.
State's Attorney Charlie Smith says the prosecution is happy with the outcome. "Given the fact that he didn't have any prior record, he could have served a lot more time. But still five years in prison for a 19-year-old is a pretty substantial sentence," he says.
During his sentencing, Nash said he was sorry for the incident, and wrote a letter of apology to all four officers who were needed to restrain him. He said he was under the influence of drugs at the time.