Prison awaits Clarkdale man who imprisoned family
CAMP VERDE - Daniel Romo Felix could be sentenced to as much as 23 years in prison on a plea agreement for the family fight and gunplay that brought the SWAT team to his Clarkdale home in July.
That would assume the court would impose the stiffest sentence possible from a plea agreement on only five of the original 13 charges.
Monday, Felix pleaded guilty to aggravated assault per domestic violence, disorderly conduct per domestic violence, a dangerous charge. He also pleaded to possession of methamphetamine and two counts of misconduct involving weapons.
One of the weapons offenses charged for the modified sawed-off shotgun and the second count for having a weapon as a prohibited possessor.
Even if Felix is sentenced to less than the maximum, prison is mandatory and a stipulation in the plea is that he would be sentenced to no less than the presumptive term.
Clarkdale police called the SWAT team July 27 after the 38-year-old Felix fired a sawed-off shotgun over the head of his wife as she ran from the house during an argument and then continued to hold his two small children hostage inside the home in Clarkdale's Centerville community.
Police said Felix had been using methamphetamine at the time.
Police Chief Randy Taylor said the domestic violence situation had been brewing since early morning.
Police were eventually able to negotiate with Felix for the release of the children but the man stopped communicating with the cops and barricaded himself inside with his dog.
The chief then called for the Verde Valley SWAT Team and they were able to extract the man.