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Man faces nearly six years in prison for knife assault

Danny Jorgensen

Danny Jorgensen

PRESCOTT - Danny Jorgensen, arrested in July for threatening a man with a knife, pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct with a deadly weapon on Monday and now faces nearly six years in prison.

Jorgensen told a Prescott police officer that he went to an acquaintance's apartment on Cortez Street to collect money he was owed, but that the man pulled a knife on him, so he retaliated.

Jorgensen said he left the apartment to call police, but he never did, a police report said.

Officers spoke with the man he threatened and a witness, who said only Jorgensen drew a knife.

He came to the apartment five times, pounding on the door, said the victim, and the fifth time, he opened it to find Jorgensen with the knife standing in the doorway. Jorgensen swiped the knife at the victim, who slammed the door, said police.

Jorgensen finally admitted that only he had pulled a knife, said police.

On Monday, he accepted a plea that saw him admit to attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct with a deadly weapon. Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley told him he could be sentenced to 3.75 years on the first count and two years on the second if she gave him the maximum.

Jorgensen will be sentenced in October.

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