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Man indicted for attempted murder pleads guilty to lesser charge

Richard Sheff

Richard Sheff

PRESCOTT - Richard Sheff, who stabbed a man on Whiskey Row in June because the man would not give him a cigarette, pleaded guilty Monday to assault and disorderly conduct charges.

Sheff, 58, of Prescott, was booked on charges of second-degree attempted homicide on June 2 after a witness told police Sheff asked a man for a cigarette on Whiskey Row and, when the man said no, Sheff quickly stabbed the victim in the neck with a folding knife. The victim was flown to a Phoenix hospital.

On Monday, Sheff pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault with a deadly or dangerous weapon and a count of disorderly conduct with a deadly or dangerous weapon.

He could face as long as 17 years in prison.

"I am very sorry," Sheff told Judge Tina Ainley, but that he couldn't remember what had happened.

"I was drunk," he said.

Ainley noted there is no stipulation as to the length of sentence in the plea agreement.

She will sentence him on Oct. 29.

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