Man sentenced in Halfmoon standoff

An investigator executes a search warrant after a 20-hour standoff in Halfmoon.

ERIC JENKS/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHERAn investigator executes a search warrant after a 20-hour standoff in Halfmoon. ERIC JENKS/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

By Steven Cook

Gazette Reporter

HALFMOON — The man who held police at bay inside a Halfmoon mobile home for 20 hours in April was sentenced this week to 15 years in state prison, the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office said.

Michael J. Davis, 39, pleaded guilty earlier to menacing a police officer, first-degree criminal contempt and second-degree assault, all felonies.

Davis

Davis

No one was injured in the incident that began April 16 as he stormed his estranged wife’s residence armed with a shotgun. She and children present fled, while he remained holed up inside. Davis later injured a corrections sergeant at the jail during a fight.

Davis received the sentence on Oct.24  from Judge James A.  Murphy, III.

Davis surrendered to police about 8 a.m. April 17. He is believed to have fired the shotgun inside the home at least five times, state police said. One of those shots was fired in the direction of troopers, police said.

“This case demonstrates the challenging and dangerous situations law enforcement members and corrections officers can encounter,” Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen said in a released statement. “Mr. Davis not only endangered himself, but the lives of his family, neighbors and police officers and his conviction holds him responsible for those actions.”

Davis preceded the siege with ominous text messages, where he wrote of “one way out,” according to court documents filed previously. A planned meeting regarding his children went ahead nearby, but Davis broke away and headed for his wife’s trailer.

Police eventually fired multiple rounds of tear gas into the residence. He gave up after a final round.