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10/1/2012 9:46:00 PM
Man indicted for attempted murder pleads guilty to lesser charge
Richard Sheff
Richard Sheff
Scott Orr
The Daily Courier

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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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Article comment by: county resident

Just the other day I locked horns with a couple of people over public intoxication always, being a bad idea.

The issue was about a new 'entertainment district' with proposed venues ...that would serve alcohol in Camp Verde. I argued that, it would result in an increase in danger to the public.

And here we have it.

Over-stocked on entertainment, Mr.Clean here goes 'Psycho' the moment he walks out of a bar....and stabs someone in the neck!

I was thinking more along the lines of more 'drunk drivers.'

Holy Buck-Knife Batman!!!

Posted: Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Article comment by: Mitch Chickelero

Of course, if you are wearing a YCSO or other star, an officers lif is worth more in the eyes of those who are mambers of the good ol' boy system. To confirm this all you have to do is focus on the statement made by Scott Mascher, that he felt that justice had been served..Translation, they slapped him with a sentence, that no matter if he responds to treatment, he will serve 21 years in the "Nut-House". Wow, shades of "One Flew Over The Coo-Coo's Nest". Beam him down Scotty!

Posted: Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Article comment by: Happy in PV

This never would have happened if he just had his medical marijuna card. Stoned people don't do this kind of stuff. Taxable drugs = legal drugs.

Posted: Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Article comment by: Brian Boru

So, a guy gets 21 years for shooting at a deputy and missing, but this guy stabs the victim in the neck, comes millimeters away from killing him, and the charge is reduced to assault and disorderly conduct?

There is a serious disparity, here.

Is being drunk a better excuse than being insane?

Is one victim's life worth more than another's. Certainly, an attempt on the deputy's life seems a more heinous offense than a one much closer to success on a guy on the street.

This guy will be out on the street again, and probably end up here in one of our rehab clinics AGAIN. And end up on Whiskey Row AGAIN.

Perhaps a person walking on Whiskey Row is not worth very much consideration by the system.

That is one more reason to stay away, day and night. There are always characters there looking for trouble.

Posted: Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Article comment by: Guilty to a lesser charge

I am very tired of this "stuff"!! When does the victim get a plea of a lesser injury/death/theft etc.?

How about the guilty have a plea for a lesser caliber?

These folks can say, "I am very sorry. I was drunk.", as they wash down the white tile room for the one that "plead for a lesser caliber" before them.

Oh, forgot about the "undefined" part of the Constitution and "...cruel and unusual punishment...". It was defined when criminals were hung or shot. Unfortunately, our Society has bceome "undefined". Not only in our own Justice system but the world.

"Guilty to a lesser charge." Judge, can you define that term to all victims and the citizens who you are entrustd to?

Unfortunately, my rant will have no effect on anyone ...

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