A man who walked through a Suffolk town carrying a gun has been sent to a young offenders institution.
Daniel Mitson, 20, of St Johns Close, Mildenhall, had denied having a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence but last month was found guilty by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court.
Today, Mitson returned to court and was sentenced to a total of two and a half years in custody.
Mitson had pleaded guilty to being in possession of a firearm when prohibited because of a previous term of custody and causing criminal damage.
The jury had found him not guilty of assaulting his then partner Rosie Wardley by allegedly throwing a can of drink at her face causing a red mark on her lip.
During the trial the court heard how the couple had been in a relationship for four years and had two children.
On April 4 the couple went out together in Brandon but Mitson was in a bad mood because he had lost £100 at a betting shop, said prosecutor Simon Gladwell.
Miss Wardley had refused to hand over a key to their house to Mitson who then kicked in a shop window.
Mr Gladwell said two men who witnessed the incident offered to walk Miss Wardley home but that led to Mitson accusing her of cheating on him.
The next day Mitson purchased a BB airgun from a market stall in Bury St Edmunds and on April 6 during an argument with Miss Wardley had allegedly told her: “I’ll find those two guys and put bullets in all of you.”
When police located Mitson in High Street, Brandon, he was holding a black handgun but ran off.
A short time later Mitson was detained with a police officer pointing a Taser at him.
The gun was found six feet away but a gas cylinder believed to be used to power it was found in Mitson’s pocket, said Mr Gladwell.
Today Nicola Devas, defending, told the court that Mitson felt ashamed of what he had done but wanted to address his self acknowledged drink problem.
Miss Devas said: “He desperately needs help for his drinking and is willing to accept any help he can get.”
While Mitson may have been drinking to hide some problems in his lie, his consumption of alcohol had caused far more problems, said Miss Devas.
The court heard that Mitson had 13 previous convictions for 24 offences.
Sentencing him, Mr Recorder Christopher Makey told Mitson: “These are serious offences, the most serious of course as possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.”
Mr Recorder Makey said: “You were walking throught the streets with a handgun in your hand. The fact that it was an air pistol and not a gun was not something that a passer by could have determined.”