Wannabe Jedi Master Jailed for Lightsaber Attack at Toys 'R' Us
The Force has run out for a wannabe Jedi master accused in a Toys "R" Us toy lightsaber attack.
David Allen Canterbury, 33, of Portland, Ore., will surrender to the Dark Side ... of a jail cell. A judge sentenced him to 45 days behind bars and possible mental-health treatment, The Oregonian reports.
In court, Canterbury apologized to his victims, though no one was hurt in the attack -- except Canterbury himself, when police used a stun gun to try to subdue him.
It didn't work. As Yoda might say, "Too strong he was."
David Allen Canterbury used -- what else -- a lightsaber to break free from the Taser's electrified wires when police confronted him about 9:50 p.m. on Dec. 14.
Canterbury, with a toy "Star Wars" lightsaber in each hand, had swung the sabers violently and struck three people inside the Toys "R" Us, The Oregonian reports. Striking store customers with a toy lightsaber can be considered an assault or battery -- an intentional, unwanted touching.
Canterbury then took the two lightsabers outside the store, where he was met by police. After the stun gun didn't work, cops ended up having to tackle Canterbury to the ground.
In court on Monday, Canterbury pleaded no contest to charges of assault and resisting arrest. The judge dismissed other charges of disorderly conduct and theft.
At the time of his arrest, Canterbury was on probation for a prior drug conviction. But the judge on Monday used his discretion and declined to punish him for violating his probation.
In addition to jail time, Canterbury received two more years of probation for his toy lightsaber attack. He's also been barred from setting foot inside Toys R Us, whose managers are probably glad he'll be spending time in a jail cell far, far away.
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