A man who claimed he was too drunk to be criminally responsible for a St. John's rampage over the Christmas holidays last year will be spending this Christmas behind bars.

Anthony Tilley, 32, was given a sentence of 39 months in prison during a hearing Wednesday at provincial court.

Tilley's lawyer had argued in October that he was too intoxicated to be found criminally responsible for what he did Dec. 30 at his then-girlfriend's house, as well as at her next-door neighbours.

The argument worked on one specific charge with Judge James Walsh finding reasonable doubt as to whether Tilley had the ability to form criminal intent when he broke into the neighbouring house.

But Walsh had rejected the intoxication argument on all other charges, including two counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of damaging property and a count of resisting arrest.

Tilley also breached the terms of his probation as well as two court orders.

During the rampage, Tilley threw a series of knives into a wall, threw then-girlfriend Lisa Squires' Christmas tree outdoors and smashed her TV. He also kicked in the door of the neighbouring Shaw family.

"I conclude that these events were terrifying for Lisa Squires and her family and the Shaw family," Walsh said Wednesday.

While bringing down his sentence, Walsh noted that Tilley had a substantial criminal record, and that rehabilitation is unlikely.

Tilley was given credit for one month and a half, to account for the amount of time he has already served in custody.