As of Thursday, October 6, 2016
A local man will go to trial Oct. 17 after he allegedly pointed a gun at a man and refused to allow him and his children to leave.
Billy Jay Burson, 34, is charged with first-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment, records show.
On July 26 he pointed a Glock 9mm handgun at the head of his friend and roommate — Curtis Williams, 34 — at their 470 Canyon Road home, court records show.
Then, Burson blocked Williams’ escape route, standing in the doorway, records show.
Williams said he was fearful for his life and the safety of his children, who were in the house, records show.
Upon attempting to flee with his children, Williams was prevented from doing so because Burson was standing in the front doorway, records show.
Williams told Yakima County Sheriff’s Office deputies he was in his room when Burson burst in with the gun, records show.
The gun belonged to Williams, but the victim told deputies he allowed Burson to borrow it, records show.
Burson allegedly began yelling and demanding money he claimed Williams owed him, records show.
Williams told deputies Burson manipulated the action of the gun, loading a bullet into the chamber, records show.
He allegedly pointed the gun at Williams’ head and grabbed the victim by the throat, records show.
Burson threatened to kill Williams if he didn’t pay, records show.
Williams convinced Burson he was going to get the money he allegedly owed and was allowed to leave, records show.
Burson allegedly threatened to kill Williams if he reported the incident to law enforcement, records show.
The children’s mother, Jenni Jackson said the two boys, ages 3 and 5, are still traumatized by the assault in July.
“They are doing better, but they talk about the incident almost every single day,” she said. “They tell me, ‘We can’t go back to our old house. Billy’s going to get us, going to kill us.’ It’s affected them greatly.”
Jackson said she believes Burson
Burson was originally released after his arrest as part of Yakima County’s pre-trial release program.
He was taken back into custody last month after failing to appear in court as scheduled, records show. Burson was held on $100,000 bail, later lowered to $20,000.