A Gainesville man was sentenced to five years in prison for threatening his West Avenue neighbors with a gun in 2018, according to court documents.
Yasund Quinte Hancock, 45, was given a 30-year sentence with the first five years in confinement. Superior Court Judge C. Andrew Fuller allowed for Hancock to serve the remainder of his sentence on probation, according to documents filed Nov. 18.
Hancock pleaded guilty to two counts each of aggravated assault, terroristic threats and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in the 700 block of West Avenue.
Gainesville Police responded Feb. 6, 2018, to apartments on West Avenue where authorities said Hancock threatened his neighbors, “pulled a gun and pointed it at the victim.” Police said Hancock retreated inside his home, causing authorities to request the SWAT team.
Hancock was later taken into custody without incident, police said.
Hancock was initially charged with cruelty to animals after police said he threw a large brick at the victim’s Chihuahuas, but that charge was not included in the November 2020 grand jury indictment.
Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh said while the prosecution charged the offenses that had “the greatest consequences,” the decision to not proceed on the animal cruelty charge was a “matter of discretion.”
Darragh added he felt that “justice was accomplished” with the sentence imposed.
Fuller also ordered that Hancock “enter into and successfully complete” any evaluations or treatments “deemed necessary from the mental health evaluation,” according to court documents.
Defense attorney Chloe Owens was out of the office Tuesday, Dec. 14.