An Urbana man was ordered to serve more than 20 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of assaulting police officers.
Last week, Michael A. Dean was found guilty on one count each of assault, resisting arrest and felonious assault following a jury trial and was sentenced to 24 years and 699 days in prison Friday.
Dean, 34, was indicted in January following an incident that occurred in December 2016.
On Dec. 21, 2016, Urbana police were dispatched to Dollar General, 224 Patrick Ave., to speak with store personnel about a customer causing a disturbance in the store. As the customer was leaving, he reportedly threatened to return to the store to shoot employees and blow up the store.
Officers determined by viewing store video the customer was Dean. They proceeded to go to Dean’s residence to locate him.
Dean met with two officers at the door, but refused to allow them inside the house. He returned to the door with a relative who allowed the officers inside.
Based on their investigation and an order from Dean’s parole officer, officers made the determination to arrest Dean. In the process of arresting Dean, he turned and punched an officer in the face and ran into a bedroom.
Dean reportedly ran from the bedroom, holding a hammer over his head and charged at the officers. Despite being ordered to drop the hammer, he threw it at an officer striking him in the chest.
Dean was eventually subdued by officers and arrested.
The jury found Dean not guilty of a first degree misdemeanor aggravated menacing charge.
The sentence imposed on Dean for the three charges he was found guilty of was 14 years.
The court determined he was under post-release control at the time of the offense adding an additional 699 days to his sentence. The court also determined Dean is a repeat violent offender and was convicted of the repeat violent offender specification and imposed an additional 10 years to his sentence resulting in the total 24 years and 699 day sentence.
The court noted the recent conviction was Dean’s third and fourth convictions for assault on a peace officer, second conviction for felonious assault, and third set of felony convictions involving possession of a deadly weapon.
Dean served five prior terms of imprisonment, four of which were from Champaign County criminal cases.
In addition to the prison sentence, Dean was fined $7,000.
Upon his release, Dean is subject to post-release control for a period of five years.
Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.
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