Man accused of running over wife with truck may take plea deal
PRESCOTT - A man accused of running over his wife several times with a pickup truck at the state Department of Economic Security office in Prescott Valley in January may accept a plea agreement, his attorney said in court Tuesday, June 30.
Police said Steven C. Henry, 53, tried leave the DES office in his half-ton pickup and drove over his wife, 51, several times between the parking slot and driveway. Henry and the woman are married but separated, police said.
Henry stayed at the DES office and cooperated with the police investigation. After being taken to a Prescott-area hospital, the victim was flown to John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix.
Henry was indicted on eight counts, including aggravated assault per domestic violence, aggravated harassment per domestic violence, endangerment per domestic violence, disorderly conduct per domestic violence, as well as drug and DUI charges.
Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley told him Tuesday that he could face up to 32 years in prison if he goes to trial and is convicted.
The prosecution is offering to cut that time substantially if he pleads guilty to lesser charges, and Deputy County Attorney Michael McGill said he would recommend a sentence of five to six years in prison, followed by probation.
Ainley said that "would seem appropriate" but noted that she hadn't heard from the victim.
Henry's attorney, Kennedy Klagge, said he wanted to take some time to consider the offer.
She also asked that Ainley reduce Henry's $100,000 cash bond to return money to his parents.
McGill said the victim "objects to a reduction, given the situation and serious nature of the charges."
"I still think that a fairly significant bond is appropriate," Ainley said, but agreed to cut the bond to $75,000 and return the rest to Henry's parents.
He next appears in court July 20.
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