Man pleads no contest to assaulting former assemblyman

Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Cecil Cox pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of assaulting former Fairbanks North Star Assemblyman Bob Logan.

Cox of Two Rivers had been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly tried to shoot Logan and run him over with his van outside the Valley Center Grocery Store near Mile 23 of Chena Hot Springs Road on July 9.

Cox had pleaded not guilty to the original charges. He changed his plea Monday.

According to Alaska State Troopers, Cox pointed a rifle at Logan and pulled the trigger, but the rifle misfired. He then allegedly rammed Logan with his van. Logan escaped by rolling under a car and then ran into the store, troopers said.

After following Logan into the store, the magazine fell out of Cox's rifle and the two started wrestling. Store clerk Rose Bussdieker was able to get the gun away from Cox.

Assistant District Attorney Jay Hodges said the confrontation stemmed from an alleged affair between Logan and Cox's wife.

Cox was being held without bail at the Fairbanks Correctional Center. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 5. He faces up to 20 years in jail on the first-degree assault charge.

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