Originally Published: August 18, 2010 9:54 p.m.
Yavapai County Superior Court Judge William T. Kiger sentenced Vernon Wayne Steed, 31, of Chino Valley to five and a half years in the Department of Corrections on charges including aggravated assault per domestic violence, disorderly conduct involving a firearm, and child abuse per domestic violence.
The charges stemmed from a March 23 incident in which Steed shot a handgun during a physical fight with his wife at their home in the presence of his children.
"He has a tremendous incentive to change, do alcohol counseling, and never do the alcohol again," Steed's public defender John Thornton said. "The victims need him out there, earning a living and being part of their family."
When Kiger asked Steed if he had anything else to add, Steed said, "No, I agree with everything he just said."
Then Kiger told him, "Mr. Steed, you appear to be a guy at 32 years of age who has great things going for you - a stable 12-year relationship with the mother of your children. They think you are a good man, a good father and a good husband."
But Kiger said it seemed that aggravating circumstances outweighed the mitigating circumstances in his case.
"Because of that I don't see you as a candidate for parole," Kiger said.
Then Kiger sentenced Steed to two and a half years in the Department of Corrections on charges of disorderly conduct and weapons misconduct, three years in the Department of Corrections for the aggravated assault per domestic violence charge to be served concurrently with the other charges, and two and a half years in the Department of Corrections on the charges of child abuse per domestic violence.
Kiger also gave Steed credit for time served in the county jail.
Kiger also requested that the Department of Corrections provide Steed with alcohol abuse counseling.