A Creve Coeur man will serve up to four more months on the jail sentence he received for aiming a pellet gun at a trick-or-treating girl’s head last Halloween and asking her if she wanted to die.
Garrett Spencer, 25, won’t go free after his 180-day term in that case ends. He’s also in custody on charges that he injured two Tazewell County jail guards during a struggle with them last month.
A judge found Spencer mentally fit to sentence him Sept. 13 to the jail term and two years of probation for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a misdemeanor, for the Halloween incident. His judge ordered a psychiatric examination when, after Spencer pleaded guilty in July but failed to appear several weeks later for sentencing, Spencer said he had panicked over possibly going to jail.
Spencer shocked the 7-year-old girl and her father when he answered her trick-or-treating request for candy with a violent threat, according to court records.
Wearing an “Anonymous” face mask and two folding knives on his belt, he told them he was not taking part in the Halloween tradition and ordered them off his property at 410 Dempsey St.
Spencer then pulled an air-powered pellet handgun from his rear waistband, pointed it at the girl’s head and asked, “Do you want to die?” the records stated.
The girl’s father swept her away and called the police, who arrived minutes later and ordered Spencer to come from his home. At first reluctant, he complied and later told police he was just pulling a “Halloween prank,” said Creve Coeur Police Chief Dale King.
He was given credit for 58 days in custody while that case was prosecuted. More time off would be granted with good behavior while in jail.
Spencer, however, was ordered held on $100,000 bond when he was charged last month with two aggravated battery felonies for allegedly fighting the jail corrections officers who came to escort him to a disciplinary hearing.
He punched one in the head at least three times and struck the second in the face and threw her against his cell wall, court records state. Both suffered minor injuries.
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