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Indy man sentenced to 4 years in prison

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An Indianapolis man who barricaded himself in a motel room and threatened to shoot police officers will spend four years in prison.

Geoffrey A. Lacava, 33, pleaded guilty to six charges in two cases and was sentenced to prison time last week.

In May 2013, Greenwood SWAT officers had a three-hour standoff with Lacava at the Red Carpet Inn-Fanta Suites motel near Main Street and Emerson Avenue. Lacava blocked the door with a mattress and furniture and said he had an assault rifle and would shoot police if they tried to get into the room.

Police evacuated other rooms in the motel because they were concerned that rifle bullets could go through the walls if he started shooting. SWAT officers shot pepper balls, which are similar to a highly-concentrated pepper spray, into the room and had to use a Taser on Lacava in order to arrest him. He did not have an assault rifle.

Lacava, 715 N. Gladstone Ave., pleaded guilty to two felony charges of intimidation and two misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief in one case and was sentenced to 2½ years in prison. In a separate case, he pleaded guilty to one charge of resisting law enforcement and one charge of disorderly conduct and was sentenced to an additional 1½ years.

Lacava has a third case in which he is facing a misdemeanor charge of invasion of privacy. That case is still pending, but any sentence that is received in that case would be added to the four years.

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