Subject of SWAT call gets a dozen years in prison

Michael Jacobsen

Michael Jacobsen

Despite testimony from a woman that a Gardnerville Ranchos man who held a knife to her throat was not a bad person, he received a dozen years in prison.

Michael Jarrod Jacobsen, 35, admitted to assault with a deadly weapon and felony coercion in connection with his Feb. 1 arrest.

On Monday, Judge Tom Gregory sentenced Jacobsen to consecutive 28–72-month prison terms.

Jacobsen has a history of felonies, including a prior conviction of domestic battery by strangulation in Carson City.

The woman wrote a letter on Jacobsen’s behalf and used her victim impact statement to seek a lighter sentence.

“Mike is a good person,” she said. “I’ve known him 15 years. The death of his mom … caused him to have a little bit of a melt-down.”

That melt-down consisted of holding a knife to the woman’s throat, banging her head against a desk and walking her to a nearby liquor store where he tried to prevent her from reporting the crime, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutor Patrick Ferguson pointed out that Jacobsen was convicted of five prior felonies, many of which were violent.

According to the Nevada Department of Corrections, Jacobsen has felony convictions dating back 15 years. He received a 10-year prison sentence in Washoe County for robbery and nine years for domestic battery by strangulation and burglary in Carson City.

He was last paroled in May 2020. He’d been living with the victim for about three months when the incident occurred.

Deputies responded to his home on Wagon Drive, bringing the Special Weapons and Tactics Team with them. They teargassed the home, and breached the door, sending a K-9 in after him. He was found hiding in the home’s crawl space.


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