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Wheeler sentenced to five years in prison for domestic assault

Ryan Christopher Wheeler

Ryan Christopher Wheeler

CAMP VERDE -- A Cottonwood man has been sentenced to five years in prison for attacking a pregnant woman in March.

Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Michael Bluff ordered the five-year prison term for 38-year old Ryan Christopher Wheeler June 1. Wheeler was convicted of aggravated assault, criminal damage, and resisting arrest.

The incident occurred March 31 when Cottonwood Police Department officers responded to a physical domestic violence call. On arrival, they found a woman trapped inside a car while Wheeler was using a rock to break the car windows to reach her. Wheeler became combative with officers and was taken into custody.

Officers learned Wheeler and the woman had been arguing in their apartment about their relationship. Wheeler became violent, striking the victim, who is pregnant, and threatening to kill her unborn child.

A friend arrived at the residence and, when they both tried to leave, Wheeler attacked the car, throwing a rock through the vehicle window and striking the woman. Wheeler also caused extensive damage to the vehicle.

Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk reminds victims of domestic violence that help is available.

“In January of this year,” said Polk, “a new online portal was created where victims can quickly and privately fill out the forms needed to apply for an Order of Protection at any Arizona court.”

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