Kingman woman pleads guilty to assault charges

Attempted first-degree murder charges were dismissed after the wife of a former Mohave County sheriff's son pleaded guilty Tuesday in court to lesser assault charges.

Christie E.

Cook pleaded guilty to aggravated assault by domestic violence in the shooting of her estranged husband, Christopher Cook, the son of the late Mohave County Sheriff Joe Cook.

Cook, 42, had been charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and first-degree burglary in the shooting of Cook.

Cook is expected to be sentenced Dec.

17 in Mohave County Superior Court following an aggravated/mitigating hearing, which will have a bearing on how a judge sentences Cook.

Under the plea agreement, Cook would receive between five and seven and a half years in prison and spend 85 percent of the time behind bars.

The burglary and attempted murder charges were dropped.

Cook could have received up to 21 years in prison for the attempted murder charge if she had been tried and convicted.

Superior Court Judge Robert Moon said he could also fine Cook up to $150,000 and order her to pay restitution, including Christopher Cook's medical bills.

Deputy Mohave County Attorney Greg McPhillips told Moon that the victim, despite the trauma of being shot, agreed to the plea.

Mohave County Legal Defender Ron Gilleo said he would be calling a domestic violence expert as well as other witnesses to testify in the aggravated/mitigating hearing to show that his client was a battered woman at the hands of her husband.

At a previous court hearing, Christopher Cook refuted Christie Cook's defense, saying that he was the victim of domestic abuse and her bruises were the result of her drinking.

On July 17, Mohave County sheriff's deputies were called to a residence in the 3000 block of Jagerson Avenue, where they discovered Cook, 37, who had been shot in the shoulder.

Cook told deputies his wife shot him with a .357-caliber Magnum handgun.

Christie Cook was later found at a residence on Windsor Avenue and arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Christopher Cook was taken to the hospital and treated for his wounds.

Sheriff Cook was the predecessor to current Sheriff Tom Sheahan, serving from 1989 to 1996.