A Creve Coeur man will serve the maximum seven-year prison term available for punching and injuring two Tazewell County jail officers in August.
Garrett Spencer, 25, accepted that sentence when he pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer.
He was in custody Aug. 21 after his arrest for failing to appear for his sentencing on a misdemeanor charge that stemmed from his violent threat to a 7-year-old girl who came trick-or-treating to his door last Halloween.
In that case, Spencer told the girl and her father that he was not taking part in the holiday’s tradition. Spencer then pulled a gas-powered pellet gun from his waistband, aimed it at the girl’s head and asked, “Do you want to die?”
He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon last May and was sentenced last month to 180 days in jail.
In August, Spencer was about to be escorted by a Tazewell County Justice Center officer to a disciplinary hearing when he turned on the officer, according to court records. He punched the officer at least three times in the head and broke his finger in the scuffle.
When a second officer rushed to help subdue him, Spencer threw her against his cell wall, causing the back of her head to swell, the records stated.
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