OGDEN -- A man charged with assault and four counts of domestic violence in the presence of a child after a threatening argument with his estranged wife got a plea bargain Wednesday after more than a year of trying.
Charles Holland, 46, was arrested April 29 last year after a blow-up with his estranged wife in the driveway of his home just outside Roy.
Police at the time said Holland caused bruising and swelling to his wife's leg when he tried to pull her from the car by the leg. He had also attempted to take the keys out of the ignition while the two argued, according to charging documents, breaking the mechanism for a side mirror in the process.
Four children were in the car during the altercation. The couple was arguing over custody and divorce issues.
The divorce had been in process, filed by Holland, for almost a year at that time, according to court records, with the wife living in Clinton.
On Wednesday before 2nd District Judge W. Brent West, the five charges were dismissed in return for Holland's guilty plea to a single count of disorderly conduct.
That same afternoon the couple was scheduled for a settlement conference before 2nd District Court Commissioner Dan Garner on the still-pending divorce.
"Taking everything into account, all the facts and circumstances, it was a fair resolution of the case," Deputy Weber County Attorney Gage Arnold said of the plea bargain in the criminal case. He declined to comment further.
Holland had previously been convicted on the five charges in September last year by Roy Justice Court Judge Scott Waterfall. He was sentenced to six months in jail, all but two suspended, and a $2,500 fine.
But he appealed the case to the district court. Sentencing on the disorderly conduct charge is yet to be scheduled. Arnold said the district court likely cannot exceed the justice court sentence in the case, according to case law.