Manchester man sentenced to 10 years after pleading guilty to attacking wife

September 29, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Manchester man was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to attacking his wife with a butcher knife and choking her with a lamp cord in March.

According to the plea agreement in Carroll Circuit Court, William J. Haines, 28, of the 4400 block of Hanover Pike was sentenced to 25 years with all but 10 years suspended.

Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. granted credit of 191 days, the time Haines has spent in jail since his arrest in March.

Haines will serve five years' probation after he is released. He must also seek drug and alcohol counseling and have no contact with his wife, Jill Haines, Beck said.

According to the statement of facts, the couple began arguing about 4: 30 a.m. March 22 while visiting relatives in Westminster. Although William Haines had been drinking heavily, Jill Haines accompanied him home, believing that he would fall asleep.

Once home, the argument escalated, and William Haines grabbed a knife from the kitchen and began threatening his wife. He also ripped out a lamp cord and used it to choke her, the statement said.

Eventually, he fell asleep and she escaped, returning to Westminster, where she called police.

Court records show that after William Haines was arrested at his home, he slipped from an officer's grasp and tried to flee, but he ran in front of a moving vehicle on Hanover Pike.

After being treated for unspecified injuries, he was charged with four counts of assault, resisting arrest, using a deadly weapon with intent to injure, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

After he pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree assault, prosecutors dropped the remaining charges.

Pub Date: 9/29/98

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