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.
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.