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Jail sought for man who allegedly wielded sword

SALEM — A local man who was shot by police last January after he allegedly charged at a police officer with a sword could be headed back to jail if prosecutors get their way.

A judge is being asked to impose a six-month jail sentence on Larry Minassian, 52, of Salem for a 2008 simple assault case involving another Salem police officer, according to court records.

Prosecutors will argue for the jail sentence at a hearing on March 28 in 10th Circuit Court in Salem.

Minassian served seven days of his six-month jail sentence after he was arrested on Oct. 20, 2009, for kicking out the window of a Salem police cruiser. Minassian, who police described as highly intoxicated at the time, was being taken into protective custody.

Prosecutors want the rest of Minassian's suspended sentence imposed for being indicted on charges related to the sword-wielding incident. Minassian faces felony reckless conduct and criminal threatening charges in that case, which is pending in Rockingham County Superior Court.

Salem prosecutor Jason Grosky wrote in court papers that he had tried to work with Minassian's lawyer about a possible deal that would resolve the suspended jail term, but such a deal now appears unlikely.

On Jan. 6, 2011, police were called to Minassian's home because he had a sword pointed at his stomach as he stood just outside of his home.

Minassian repeatedly told police that the FBI was trying to frame him for crimes he did not commit.

Salem police Lt. James Chase spoke with Minassian for several minutes, trying to convince Minassian he was not under investigation.

Chase suggested to Minassian that he put the sword down so he could be brought to a hospital where he could talk with someone.

Officers were poised to handcuff Minassian when he allegedly charged at the officers, the report says.

Three officers fired at him in response. The state Attorney General's Office ruled the three officers were justified in using deadly force. Minassian faces up to 3 to 7 years in state prison if he is convicted of the reckless conduct and criminal threatening charges in Superior Court.

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