Courts & Law

1 year in jail for knife-wielder

A SENTENCE of one year in jail and five years of probation has been handed down in the case of a man convicted of attacking his estranged wife with knives at a flag football game in Garden Grove (Shutterstock).

A sentence of one year in jail, along with five years of probation, has been handed down in the case of the Anaheim man who was armed with knives as he chased his estranged wife at a flag football game in Garden Grove in May.

Russell Matthew Husges, then 43, of Anaheim, was originally charged with one felony count of attempted murder, one count of felony assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, one misdemeanor count of disobeying a domestic relations court order, and one misdemeanor count of child abuse and endangerment.

Those offenses could have meant a maximum sentence of life in prison.

He pleaded guilty to attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, along with other charges. In addition to his jail term and probation, he must take part in domestic violence and anger management treatment programs.

The 40-year-old victim was watching the couple’s 9-year-old son play flag football on May 14, when her estranged husband is accused of charging across the field at her holding two large butcher knives.

Spectators, including an off-duty Garden Grove police officer, a coach and the victim’s 9-year-old son, intervened in the attack. The victim had been granted a family court order against her estranged husband a few weeks prior to the attack.





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