A Casper man will avoid prison time, after admitting that he threatened his mother and sister with a machete.

Eric Phifer was given a four-to-five year suspended prison sentence, with five years of probation, after he pleaded guilty to one amended count of possession of a deadly weapon with unlawful intent (originally possession of a deadly weapon with intent to cause bodily harm).

Investigators with the Casper Police Department say in April 2015, officers responded to a call by Phifer's mother and sister, who were in a vehicle at Second and Sun streets.

The women told police Eric was waving a machete and making threats "to cut the mother into pieces" in their residence on East First Street.

Phifer's father was still inside the residence.

The sister told police she arrived home at midnight, saw the lights were off, and saw Phifer in the living room near a sliding door.

He told her he believed someone was in the home and told her to stand guard.

His mother arrived home a short time later, saw her son and daughter in the living room, and saw him holding the machete and pacing and "accusing her of nonsensical things," according to the affidavit.

His mother told him she believed he was on drugs.

That angered him and he began cursing her.

When Phifer's sister attempted to calm him down, he spit on her.

They were able to leave the house, and called the father who also left the house.

Phifer left in a vehicle driven by a friend.

Police were able to clear the house, and found a machete that the sister and mother said was probably the one he used.

Police located the vehicle at Country Club and Third streets.