PHOENIX – A man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for assaulting two people last Halloween.
Justin James Pare, 34, was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison followed by three years supervised probation after pleading guilty to first-degree burglary, aggravated assault and unlawful flight.
According to police, Pare was wearing a Halloween mask when he crawled through a window into an apartment at Seventh Avenue and Hatcher Road on Oct. 31.
Pare pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded money. When the victim said he didn't have any money, Pare hit him in the head with a gun.
The victim then ran into the courtyard of his apartment complex where a party was taking place and several residents were present.
Pare followed the victim to the party and approached a second victim. He demanded money while armed with two handguns and hit that person in the head with a gun.
Concerned for everyone's safety, the first victim hit Pare in the head with a baseball bat.
Pare fled from the scene and police in his vehicle. He was arrested a short time later.