Man goes to prison for assaulting mother | RecordCourier.com

Man goes to prison for assaulting mother

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.