A former soldier who pleaded guilty to possessing an imitation gun with intent to cause fear of violence has been sentenced to two years in prison.
Marc McLees was arrested after a stand-off with armed police outside his home on Bridge Street, Leighton Buzzard, on February 5 and has since spent 87 days in custody.
The 42-year-old, who appeared at Luton Crown Court this morning for sentencing, had previously denied an additional charge of communicating false information about a bomb hoax.
Judge Richard Foster said Mr McLees, who served as a soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan, was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and said he hoped he would take the help that is on offer to him from the Royal British Legion and PTSD Resolution.
The judge sentenced Mr McLees to two years imprisonment, but said he would be likely to serve half of that and could be out in early next year.