Man who threatened deputies found guilty of assault

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SILVER SPRINGS, Nev. (KOLO) - A Silver Springs man has been found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon for an incident involving threats against law enforcement.

A jury in the Third Judicial District Court in Yerington found Florencio Brito guilty on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and not guilty of one more count.

May 2, 2018, Lyon County deputies responded to a domestic battery report in Silver Springs. Brito had made threats to kill those who lived at the property with a screwdriver. Deputies tried to talk with Brito, but he ran to a car and tried to run over a deputy, and crashed into the vehicle of another deputy.

District Attorney Stephen Rye says, “The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded promptly and attempted to deescalate the situation. However, Brito had a different plan, which included harming police officers. The deputies acted swiftly and professionally to protect those at the property and to prevent further harm. Fortunately, due to the actions of the deputies, nobody was injured.

"Threats and harm to law enforcement officers and domestic violence will not be tolerated in our communities. Law enforcement responded to diffuse the situation and help the victims, and were assaulted in the process. These cases involving threats to law enforcement will be prosecuted. The officers in this cases should be commended for their response and brave actions.”

The Third Judicial District Court will sentence Brito, who already had a criminal record, March 4, 2019. He faces at least 12 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.