A former postal worker who threatened his estranged girlfriend with a pistol and then played Russian roulette with it in front of her was sent to prison this week by a 2nd District judge.

Charles Watkins, 34, of Sandy, was sentenced to concurrent prison terms of zero to five years on charges of attempted burglary and attempted aggravated assault, both third-degree felonies.Judge Douglas L Cornaby agreed with a pre-sentence investigative report that Watkins needs mental health counseling. But the judge said he is a danger to society and that counseling programs are available at the prison.

The charges stem from a July 30 incident when Watkins went to the Layton apartment of his estranged girlfriend, armed with a revolver. He forced his way in, prosecutors said, in turn threatening the woman and then asking her to kill him.