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Bryan man gets 2 years for assault

Eagle Staff Report

A Bryan man convicted this week of holding a gun to his girlfriend’s head was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison.

It took a jury about 2 1/2 hours to find Michael Wayne Washington, 29, guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Washington was arrested last September after witnesses said he threatened a murder-suicide after a day of heavy drinking.

In an interview with police, his girlfriend, Cloretta Walker, said she was awakened in the middle of the night with Washington placing a pistol to her head. The situation was defused, she said, when she scoffed at the attempt to scare her. Washington went to sleep a short time later, she said.

Walker told police she didn’t want Washington to be prosecuted for the incident, according to court documents. The defendant was found guilty Tuesday.

Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison. Because he received the minimum sentence, Washington will not be eligible for early release.

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