- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
A St. Inigoes man was sentenced Wednesday to serve six years in prison, with a chance at reconsideration after one year if he pursues drug treatment, after pleading guilty to an assault charge from threatening a lawman with what turned out to be a BB gun.
Police responded with real gunfire during the June 2012 standoff at Kevin Vincent Bonds’ home, but he survived unharmed and stood this week before St. Mary’s Circuit Judge David W. Densford.
“I apologize to the sheriff’s department and the courts for my actions,” Bonds, now 40, said during the hearing, where he noted his struggle with drug addiction. “I was out of control. I ask for the court to get me help.”
Sheriff’s deputies Cpl. Keith Moritz and Sgt. Harold Young went to Bonds’ home last spring to arrest him on a warrant for missing court in a child-support case, a prosecutor said at a plea hearing last month, and when no one answered their knock on the door, they stepped inside. Bonds came around a corner pointing a BB gun, the prosecutor said, adding that Moritz perceived it was a real gun, and began firing his service weapon toward Bonds.
The misdemeanor charge of second-degree assault carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, and on Wednesday, Densford imposed that penalty, suspended to the six-year term and five years of supervised probation.
The judge said that Bonds’ 17 prior criminal convictions during the past two decades, including three felony drug offenses and four fights with police, coincided with his repeated failure to follow through on rehabilitative and educational opportunities. The judge noted a presentence investigation’s report that, during the incident last spring, Bonds threatened a woman in the residence with a knife, and once threatened to kill a police officer during a previous arrest.
Police went to Bonds’ home last spring to arrest him, the judge said, because he failed to show up for arraignment to resolve the child-support issues.
“The only consistency in your life has been drugs and alcohol,” Densford said, and he urged Bonds to seek treatment for that problem if he wants his sentence to be reconsidered.
“There are resources out there, other than bars and drug dealers. You do get to set the pace for when you’re going to [take] a different track, a different path,” the judge said. “You deserve every day of 10 years. If I gave you 10 years, you’d be out in three to five. I’m looking for a longer-term solution. Get in somewhere, get long term. We will make changes if you’re committed to it.”