A Hays man who made threats against the city and law enforcement during a dispute over a property tax bill was granted probation Friday in Ellis County District Court.
Michael Allen Larue, 63, was granted an 18-month probation with an underlying sentence of 12 months in Ellis County Jail for three counts of assault and two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer. He pleaded to the charges on the day he was to go to trial in November, avoiding a possible conviction on more serious felony charges.
Larue will be required to complete an anger management program through High Plains Mental Health Center and forfeit guns and ammunition that were seized from his residence following his Dec. 20, 2017, arrest.
He was originally charged with one felony count of criminal threat for telling employees at the Ellis County Treasurer’s Office on Dec. 19, 2017, he would “blow up the City of Hays building and test out the bulletproof vests of law enforcement officers with his armor piercing rounds,” according to the original complaint filed in Ellis County District Court.
The next day, when Hays Police Department investigators conducted a felony traffic stop, he defied their attempts to take him into custody for more than 30 minutes, according to the complaint, resulting in a felony count of interference with a law enforcement officer.
The two misdemeanor battery convictions carry a sentence of six months each, which would be served consecutively should he violate the conditions of his parole. The three assault convictions, also misdemeanors, have a sentence of 30 days each, which would be served concurrent with each other and the 12 months for the battery convictions.