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Former Hooks, TX officer takes plea deal in syringe stabbing

David Kelly Horn, 44 (Source: Bowie County Sheriff's Office) David Kelly Horn, 44 (Source: Bowie County Sheriff's Office)

The former Hooks, TX police officer accused of stabbing his wife with a syringe full of powerful sedatives made a plea deal Thursday in return for a fraction of the prison time he faced if he had been convicted.

David Horn, 44, was charged with aggravated assault serious bodily injury and family violence in connection with the October 2012 incident in which his wife was stabbed with a syringe that was later determined to be loaded with drugs commonly used to euthanize animals.

Deputies found Misty Horn inside their Moss Lane home after a call from a male family member who was also in the house that day, who told deputies that Horn had assaulted his wife and pointed a gun at his head and threatened to shoot him.

Misty Horn was airlifted to a Texarkana hospital, where she spent several days in a coma. She has since recovered.

The 15-year veteran of the Hooks Police Department was fired from his job following his arrest. He was set to stand trial in September. If convicted, his attorney says he would have faced as many as 100 years in prison.

Instead, David Horn will serve 10 years, with 6 months for time served. He could be eligible for parole in about 4 and a half years.

Misty Horn, who was not present in court Thursday, agreed to the deal.

David Horn's attorney says his client's actions were all the result of the misuse of drugs. "This is a lesson for everybody about how dangerous drugs can be," Danny Cook said in court, explaining that Horn had become addicted to pain medications, including the kinds of tranquilizers used in the attack on his wife. Cook says Horn was having a reaction to coming off the drugs that day.

Having walked into the courtroom Thursday free on bail, David Horn was immediately taken into custody following the plea hearing to begin serving his sentence.

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