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Man who threatened deputies with knife sentenced


Last updated 2/1/2019 at 3:15pm

MURRIETA - A 63-year-old Lake Elsinore man who pulled a knife on sheriff's deputies when they attempted to take him into custody for willfully ignoring a restraining order was sentenced on Friday, Feb. 1 to four years in state prison.

A Murrieta jury in October convicted Richard Allen Belville of assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, violating a domestic violence restraining order and a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.

Belville acted as his own attorney during the three-day trial.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge John Davis imposed the sentence required by law for the felony and misdemeanor counts.

According to Riverside County Sheriff's Sgt. Glenn Warrington, deputies went to Belville's residence in the 300 block of Main Street, near Summer Avenue, on the morning of June 21 to take him into custody after an investigation revealed that, a day earlier, the ex-con had contacted a person who had sought and received court protection from him.

The identity of the individual with whom Belville attempted to communicate was not disclosed.

When deputies went to Belville's front door, he tried to slam it shut, then "reached for a large hunting knife and moved towards the (deputies) in a threatening manner,'' Warrington said.

One of the deputies deployed a Taser, causing Belville to fall to the ground and drop the knife, according to the sergeant.

The defendant was arrested without further incident and taken to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar to be medically cleared for booking, then he was taken to jail.

No deputies were injured.

Belville has convictions for which he served time in prison within the last five years. However, the offenses were not stipulated in court documents.


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