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Man takes plea, will serve 3.5 years in assault, rape case

Richard Vohringer

Richard Vohringer

PRESCOTT - Richard Vohringer, charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, and attempted sexual assault, Tuesday accepted a deal to plead guilty to two of the charges in return for a lesser sentence.

Vohringer, 54, of Yuma, was arrested in July after a woman told police he tried to sexually assault her and threatened her with a knife. It happened in the 300 block of North Montezuma Street near the entrance to the Granite Creek Park trail, said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, Prescott Police Department spokesman. He said officers found a woman with a swollen eye and located a hunting knife on a table nearby.

The woman told officers she and several friends had been drinking with Vohringer, whom she did not know, and when the others left, he made sexual comments, kissed her, and rubbed his body on hers. When she tried to get away, she said, he forced her to the ground and lay on top of her. She hit him and Vohringer punched her in the eye, she said.

He threatened her with a knife, and she screamed, which attracted the attention of a passing bicyclist, police said, and that scared Vohringer off. Police arrested him about an hour later at a grocery store.

He opted to plead guilty to the aggravated assault and attempted sexual assault charges rather than go to a jury trial.

Tuesday, as Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Cele Hancock prepared to sentence him, she noted that he "has no prior convictions at all that I could find."

Hancock gave him 3.5 years in prison with credit for 181 days served and said she would not require him to register as a sex offender.

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