Husband Of Suspended Nevada Judge Takes Plea Deal


LAS VEGAS (AP) - The husband of a suspended Nevada state judge
has taken a plea deal to avoid trial in a frying pan attack that seriously injured his wife last month.

Edward Halverson entered a so-called Alford plea Friday to a single felony charge of battery domestic violence resulting in substantial bodily harm in the Sept. 4 attack on Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Halverson.

The deal promises to get him three to 10 years in prison, and prosecutors agreed to drop an attempted murder charge.

The 49-year-old Halverson told Judge David Barker he had no recollection of striking his wife with a cast iron skillet. His plea acknowledges the state could prove his guilt at trial.

Elizabeth Halverson spent more than two weeks in the hospital after the attack. She's currently suspended from the bench while she battles misconduct accusations.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-10-24-08 1207EDT

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