Man who pointed gun at pizza delivery driver sentenced to jail.

July 22, 2019

Danny Hassevort with his attorney, Kathleen Springstead.

Man who pointed gun at pizza delivery driver sentenced to jail.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART – The 64-year-old Greenwood Township man who pointed a shotgun at a Mancino’s pizza delivery driver was sentenced Monday, July 22, in 27th Circuit Court to serve 15 days up front of a 90-day discretionary jail term.

Danny Wayne Hassevort, of 8976 Wilke Rd., pleaded “no contest” May 30 to assault with a dangerous weapon, and a charge of felony firearm was dismissed.

Hassevort pointed a shotgun in the face of a female pizza delivery driver the evening of Jan. 6, according to Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast.

The Fremont Mancino’s Pizza & Grinders driver had accidentally pulled into Hassevort’s driveway, attempting to deliver an order to a nearby home.

As she pulled into the driveway, she saw the him standing in his garage. As she began to back out of the driveway, she saw him walking toward her vehicle, Mast said. She opened the door of her vehicle so he could see that she was wearing a Mancino’s shirt and attempted to tell him she went to the wrong address.

Hassevort pointed a 12-gauge bolt-action shotgun at her face and said, ‘What the f— are you doing here?’, Mast said. “He was pointing it at her like he was going to shoot her.”

“The victim has experienced genuine trauma,” said Judge Bradley G. Lambrix. “Anytime you bring a weapon or firearm into the equation, there is the potential for something really bad to happen. There has to be accountability.”

The judge noted that Hassevort has had other issues of people trespassing on his property.

Lambrix said he deviated from Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon’s recommendation of 90 days in jail, because Hassevort is a caregiver for his wife and and he believes that he is remorseful.

“Things like this can turn bad really quick,” the judge said, adding that the firearm was not fired and no one was injured.

Hassevort’s attorney, Kathleen Springstead, said her client has “expressed sincere remorse” and that he was “trying protect himself from a threat.”

Hassevort does not have a violent history, said Springstead.

“Mr. Hassevort made a mistake,” she said. “Unfortunately, it was a mistake that has caused the victim a great bit of trauma.”

Hassevort told the judge he was trying to defend his property. “I did not know who or what it was. I apologize. I won’t ever do that again.”

He received credit for three days served in jail.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 0-3 months, and the maximum penalty for assault with a dangerous weapon is four years in prison.

Lambrix said he would allow Hassevort to serve his jail time on the weekends. He was ordered to pay $490 in fines and costs.

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