BUNCOMBE COUNTY, NC (WSPA) – The Buncombe County District Attorney sentenced an Asheville man to 33 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon on a government official in Buncombe County Superior Court.
According to a news release from the district attorney, Kevin Mills, 48, pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer with a lit firework on Monday.
A judge sentenced him to 33 to 49 months in prison.
Mills was taken into custody on July 5 at Deaverview Apartments.
“This office consulted with the victim-officer who approved of the proposed sentence in part because Mills was willing to accept responsibility for his wrongdoing swiftly,” District Attorney Todd Williams said.
According to the release, Mills threw a mortar style firework at the officer, which then exploded above the officer’s head.
Mills was also ordered to pay all court costs, court appointed attorney fees and jail fees.