A Delta man accused of barricading himself in his home in September entered an Alford plea to amended charges Monday in Delta District Court.
"I just want to get this over with and take care of my wife," Larry Denham told Judge Charles Greenacre.
"I would plead guilty to anything. I don't care what you people do to me."
Officers from the Delta Police Department responded to Denham's home in September for a reported domestic violence incident. The victim was safely removed from the home but Denham refused to surrender peacefully. He allegedly confronted officers with a hammer in one hand and a roofer's hammer in the other, insisting officers would have to kill him. He was arrested after a standoff that lasted nearly three and a half hours.
In court Denham explained his wife is ill and he's counting on a community corrections sentence in Montrose that will allow him to keep an eye on her. Judge Greenacre explained the plea agreement does not guarantee Denham will have contact with his wife. The length and location of his sentence will be at the court's discretion. "I'm not making any guarantees," the judge advised Denham.
After consultation with the public defender, Denham decided to proceed with the plea agreement. He entered Alford pleas to two charges — attempted possession of an explosive or incendiary device, specifically detonating cord (a felony); and menacing, placing or threatening to place his wife in fear of serious bodily injury as an act of domestic violence (a misdemeanor). By entering an Alford plea, Denham does not admit to the offenses but recognizes a jury would be likely to find the facts sufficient for a conviction.
A request for a bond reduction was denied so Denham will remain in jail until sentencing on Dec. 9. The probation department will prepare a pre-sentence report for the judge's consideration prior to the hearing. The district attorney's office requested a mental health assessment, as well as substance abuse and domestic violence counseling for Denham.blog comments powered by Disqus