A Maryland man was sentenced to 18 months in jail on a second degree assault charge, after threatening a group of people with a sword.
Via the Herald-Mail and washingtonpost.com, This strange story is the result of a heroin drug problem. The defendant was supposedly high on heroin at the time of the assault, and the rational for the assault was an attempt to collect money from a previous drug sale.
The man brought the sword thinking the men at the house were armed with guns.
Clearly, this was not a well thought out plan.
A significant jail term is unusual with assault and battery charges where ultimately no one was injured, but certainly the unusual circumstances, the drug abuse, and the potential for severe injury, it is not completely surprising.
Under Maryland law, the maximum penalty for second degree assault is 10 years in prison.