A Kingman man who is charged in separate assaults, one of them deadly, will go to the Arizona Department of Corrections if a proposed plea agreement is approved during a sentencing hearing scheduled before Mohave County Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen.
Prosecutor Greg McPhillips said the case and plea proposal are unique given the delayed nature of the death of Matthew Scott Porter. McPhillips said 34-year-old David James punched the 23-year-old Porter in the face three times during a brief May, 2016 altercation at a home in the 500 block of Windsor Avenue.
McPhillips said James left the residence after the fight and that Porter complained of a headache to friends who also left the home, but found him dead when they returned some two hours later. McPhillips said he never considered this to be a murder, negligent homicide or manslaughter case, despite an autopsy finding that Porter died of blunt force injury to the head.
McPhillips said Porter’s friends and family oppose the deal, thinking it too lenient.
James pleaded guilty May 26 to assaulting James as well as assaulting a detention officer at the Mohave County jail last October, five months after his arrest. Terms of the deal require Jantzen to impose a five year prison term if he accepts the plea agreement during a July 3 sentencing hearing.