A Madison man pleaded guilty Wednesday to allegations that he threatened his girlfriend after stealing a gun from her, saying he would shoot up her house and kill her.

Michael Allen Tayse, 37, pleaded guilty in Skowhegan District Court to charges of domestic violence terrorizing and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and was sentenced to three years in prison with all but six months suspended. He also received two years probation, according to court records. A third charge of domestic violence assault was dismissed as part of a plea bargain, said Tayse’s attorney, John Martin.

During an argument with his girlfriend on Monday, Tayse told her that he had killed his ex-wife and gotten away with it. He grabbed a gun belonging to her and shoved her with it and then ran out the door of the house with the gun, according to a police affidavit filed by Officer Eric Bronson of the Madison Police Department.

A short time later, Tayse came back into the house and started arguing again, this time threatening to shoot up the house and kill his girlfriend with her own gun, according to the affidavit. Police were able to locate Tayse on Lowe Street and arrested him. Tayse is not allowed to have a firearm because of convictions of felony possession of a controlled substance and receiving stolen property, both out of California.

He also has a domestic violence assault charge out of California, according to the affidavit. In the document, the officer wrote that he had to stop by the county dispatch office to pick up Tayse’s criminal history because it was too extensive to fax to the Madison Police Department.

As conditions of his probation, Tayse has been ordered to refrain from criminal conduct, not to leave the state of Maine without the permission of a probation officer, not to use or possess unlawful drugs, not to own, use or possess firearms and to submit to random search and testing for firearms or dangerous weapons. He is also required to complete a batterer’s intervention program.

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368

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