MILTON — A 28-year-old Pace man who attacked a pregnant woman in a Milton residence earlier this year has been convicted on a number of charges by a Santa Rosa County jury, according to a news release from State Attorney Bill Eddins.

Tyler Andrew Beall was found guilty of aggravated battery on a pregnant person, burglary with assault or battery, aggravated assault by threat with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, resisting an officer without violence and two counts of false imprisonment of a child under 13 years old.

Beall will be sentenced Nov. 27 by Circuit Court Judge John Simon. He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison as a repeat offender with previous prison time, according to the news release.

Beall was convicted in connection with a Jan. 28 incident on Bass Lane in Milton. Deputies went to the residence to serve a warrant on Beall for the aggravated battery on a pregnant person charge, but he refused to comply with deputies and fled into the house, beginning a hostage situation that would last for more than two hours.

Inside the house, Beall barricaded himself in a bedroom with a pregnant woman and her two children. He physically attacked the female and threatened her with a knife. After approximately 15 minutes, she convinced Beall to release the children. The two children were subsequently observed running out of the residence holding hands and crying and deputies were able to take them away to safety.

At that point, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team responded and began negotiating with Beall for the release of the female. Beall eventually exited the bedroom, holding the woman in front of him as a shield. One of the SWAT team members was able to grab the female and pull her away, and Beall was taken into custody.