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2:51 PM Sat, Nov. 17th

Man who pointed gun at deputy gets 16.5 years in prison

PRESCOTT - Michael Poynor, who was shot by a Yavapai County Sheriff's deputy in 2010 after he pointed a shotgun at the deputy, was sentenced to 16.5 years in prison Monday.

Poynor, 33, was shot on Oct. 9, 2010, after deputies responded to a 911 call reporting that he was firing a shotgun at his home in the 2700 block of North Kings Highway West.

The deputy who arrived first, Clyde Bentley, said Poynor was out front of the house, brandishing the shotgun. Bentley drew his service weapon and ordered him three times to drop it.

Poynor instead leveled it at Bentley, who fired, striking Poynor in the chest.

Poynor was airlifted to John C. Lincoln North Hospital in the Valley; he subsequently recovered from the wound and was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of misconduct with a weapon as a prohibited possessor.

In court Monday, his attorney, Jeffrey James, made reference to the fact that Poynor had "undiagnosed mental issues" at the time of the shooting, which he had attempted to deal with by getting drunk.

Poynor has since successfully completed the Yavapai County Restoration to Competency program.

He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon and misconduct with a weapon by a prohibited possessor. That plea automatically made him guilty of violating his probation in an earlier domestic violence matter.

Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley gave him a 1.5 year sentence for that violation, with credit for 539 days served, then imposed 15 years on the aggravated assault charge, to be served consecutively, and three years on the weapons charge, to be served concurrently with the assault sentence.