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Man accused of knife threats at YRMC takes a plea deal

PRESCOTT- Steven Shook, accused of threatening health care workers and, in a separate case, of assaulting a police officer, on Tuesday pleaded guilty and could face over 15 years in prison.

About 1 a.m. on April 18, 2014 Prescott police were dispatched to YRMC in response to a report of a man threatening suicide by holding a knife to his throat. Shook, 45, of Prescott was already handcuffed and on the ground, thanks to a DPS officer who was in the emergency department when Shook arrived, a police report said.

Witnesses told the PPD officer that Shook walked in with a knife to his throat, then gestured toward a medical technician with it and twice said, "I'm going to kill you."

The DPS officer confronted Shook, told him to drop the knife, and Shook complied, but then began to resist, kicking at officers, and was placed into restraints, the report said.

He was originally charged with aggravated assault and two counts of disorderly conduct in that case.

In November, Shook was "impaired by alcohol," his attorney, Ryan Stevens said, when he tried to hurt himself by running into traffic. He kicked an officer who was taking him into custody, leading to another aggravated assault charge and a disorderly conduct charge.

He was also charged with one count of failure of a sex offender to confirm online identifier.

Shook's plea agreement saw him admitting to one count each of attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault, and failure to register as a sex offender

Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley could sentence him to 15.5 years in prison if she gave him the maximum sentences on each charge and ran them consecutively.

She set sentencing for February 23.

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