Man goes to prison for assaulting mother
November 9, 2016
A Gardnerville man who reportedly struck his 67-year-old mother was sentenced to prison, despite a plea from the victim that he receive probation.
Bernard Pickard's mother testified that while he waved a weapon around, he never pointed it at her.
"When he first came in he had a look in his eye," she said. "I knew he wasn't himself," she said.
Pickard was sentenced to 2-6 years on a felony count of assault with a deadly weapon related to an altercation at the family home on Aug. 1. Pickard allegedly brandished a knife.
He had been drinking, and according to prosecutors had been only two months off probation from a domestic battery charge when the incident occurred.
Deputies had to use a Tazer to apprehend him during the incident.
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Family members asked that he be given a suspended sentence.
His aunt said he grew up with violence, and that he and his mother hid from his drunken father who was stalking them with a shotgun when he was a small boy.
But Prosecutor Eric Levin said Pickard had a history of violence, including four convictions.
A tearful Pickard said he took full responsibility for his actions.
"If I wasn't drunk that day, I wouldn't have done what I did," he said breaking down. "I need help for my addiction."
District Judge Tom Gregory ordered Pickard's sentence to run concurrent to a domestic battery charge.