A man convicted of threatening his ex-girlfriend with a deadly weapon in the presence of her children has been sentenced to 23 years and eight months in prison.
A Sacramento County jury in August found Allen Dee Taylor, 41, guilty of false imprisonment with use of a screw driver, assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats and child endangerment. He was sentenced Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette.
On Aug. 11, 2014, Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies responded to a hang-up call at Taylor’s residence. Deputies noticed that Taylor appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.
When the victim attempted to leave the house with her children, Taylor armed himself with a screwdriver, took hold of the the woman, pressing the weapon into her side and threatening her if she tried to leave, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.
Taylor refused to follow a deputy’s command to drop the weapon. When the officers drew their weapons, Taylor corralled the crying children behind him, authorities said.
Other officers arrived to distract Taylor. They were able to gain control of the screwdriver, and Taylor was arrested after a brief struggle.