Man gets 5 years for deputy assault

A Clark County man agreed to a five-year sentence for an incident where he tried to break into a neighbor’s house and assaulted two sheriff’s deputies.

Cory Cox, 23, of 518 Kimberly Drive, said Thursday afternoon he didn’t remember anything about the day until he woke up at the jail. He said he had been drinking and taking Lyrica earlier in the day.

“Basically, I was sitting at home drinking,” Cox told Clark Circuit Judge Jean Chenault Logue. “I ended up doing too much. I don’t remember anything. I woke up at the jail.”

According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Cox was going door to door in the neighborhood. When deputies found him at 516 Kimberly Drive, Cox had slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet. Cox tried to climb the fence to get back to his own yard, but began to fight deputies Justin Gurley and Lt. Johnny Graves. Gurley said Cox tried to spit on him and bite him several times before placing him in the cruiser.

When they arrived at the Clark County Detention Center, deputy jailers were waiting. Gurley said Graves opened the door to the cruiser, Cox took one step and head-butted Graves, knocking him unconscious after he fell to the floor. Cox was eventually subdued with pepper spray and a Taser.

Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue Jr. said Graves received a mild concussion.

Thursday, Cox pleaded guilty to a new charge of first-degree criminal mischief and a proposed sentence of five years. Charges of second- and third-degree assault were both amended to fourth-degree assault and a 60-day sentence for each. Cox also pleaded guilty to charges of attempted burglary, resisting arrest, public intoxication and terroristic threatening, all with 60-day sentences.

His sentencing was scheduled for May 18. He was also ordered to pay restitution for damages.

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