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1:22 PM Fri, Dec. 14th

Colorado man attempts jail suicide again

A Colorado man charged with the alleged shooting of his estranged wife in the parking lot of a Kingman grocery store last summer, attempted to strangle himself early Saturday in his Mohave County jail cell.

James Anthony Mymern, held without bond for allegedly shooting and critically wounding his 37-year-old wife, Patsy Mymern, at Smith's grocery store in July, reportedly attempted to strangle himself with gauze used to wrap a broken leg, Mohave County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jarrod Lyman said.

Mymern shattered his leg in a previous suicide attempt where he reportedly jumped from the second tier at the county jail.

Around 3 a.m.

Saturday, a cellmate discovered Mymern's suicide attempt and notified guards.

Mymern was housed in the medical wing at the jail recovering from his leg injuries.

He had made several court appearances in a wheelchair.

Mymern, 56, was listed in critical condition Monday morning at Kingman Regional Medical Center with an "unfavorable prognosis," KRMC spokesman Marty Cowan said.

Mymern faces felony charges of one count of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of aggravated assault for the shooting.

Mymern, of Commerce City, Colo., allegedly stalked his wife following a month-long separation.

He is also charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault for allegedly attempting to hire his former cellmate at the jail to beat up his wife's boyfriend once the cellmate was released from custody.

On July 17, Mymern confronted his wife in the Smith's grocery store parking lot on Stockton Hill Road and allegedly shot her.

Patsy Mymern reportedly suffered numerous gunshot wounds.

Mymern allegedly fired approximately eight to 10 shots; one of those barely missed another man in the parking lot, the bullet shattering the window of the man's truck.

Mymern was then tackled by a citizen and an off-duty police officer, who held him until Kingman police arrived.

Patsy Mymern was taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center, and then airlifted to the University Medical Center in Las Vegas for further surgery.

An ambulance crew had been in the parking lot for another reason at the time of the shooting and quickly attended to Patsy Mymern's wounds.

She was discharged 10 days later from the Las Vegas hospital.

If James Mymern recovers and is tried and convicted, he could receive up to 21 years in prison for the attempted murder charge and 15 years for each count of the aggravated assault charges.

He also could receive up to 8 years and nine months for the conspiracy to commit aggravated assault charge.