JONESBORO A man who dressed up as Santa Claus and pulled a gun on a school superintendent in 2007 was sentenced to 11 years in prison for first-degree battery Monday.
Steven Craig Vaughn, 34, also was given 11 years for aggravated residential burglary, but Circuit Judge John Fogleman said the two prison terms would run simultaneously.
Vaughn, the former Brookland High School band director, drove to the house of Brookland Schools Superintendent Kevin McGaughey on Dec. 27, 2007, and attacked McGaughey and his son, Nathan.
Nathan McGaughey said he answered the door that night to find Vaughn carrying a green container and wearing a Santa hat, a white beard and a red sweat shirt. Vaughn was invited inside by the superintendent, who recognized him, at which point Vaughn pulled a .22-caliber pistol on the two McGaughey's, police said.
The father and son tackled Vaughn and a fight ensued that lasted until the police arrived, officers said.
Vaughn said he attacked the superintendent because McGaughey had done nothing for Vaughn's wife when she was assaulted by a student earlier that year.