Payson Woman Pleads Guilty To Assaulting Payson Police Officers

Arizona Courts

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Arizona Courts


A judge is likely to send a Payson woman to prison after she pleaded guilty to three felony strikes.

On Monday, Amy Denise Wells, 30, pleaded to aggravated assault for kicking one officer, spitting on another and using meth while in jail.

In the first strike, Wells struck Lt. William Carlson, a detention officer with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office, on May 17 while in the hospital, according to Chief Deputy County Attorney Shawn C. Fuller, who prosecuted the cases.

At the time, Wells was in custody at the jail and hit her head after falling in the shower. Carlson brought Wells to the hospital and while waiting in the emergency room, Wells got up and walked toward the lobby.

“Lt. Carlson, in an effort to keep her from walking away, grabbed her arm,” Fuller said. “Wells then assaulted Lt. Carlson by kicking him in the groin.”

A year later, on May 17, Wells, again in custody at the Gila County Jail in Globe, spit in the face of officer Christopher Lisenbee.

Then on July 23, while in custody on both assault cases, Wells used methamphetamine smuggled into the jail by another female inmate, Fuller said.

Judge Gary V. Scales will sentence Wells Sept. 23 in a Globe courtroom. Wells faces up to five years in prison and supervised probation upon her release.


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