A Mesa woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of aggravated assault after running over her husband with a Jeep because he didn’t votein the November 2012 presidential election, police said.
Holly Nicole Solomon originally rejected a plea deal that would have removed a “dangerous” allegation that stiffens the punishment for a conviction for aggravated assault, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
The plea agreement reached Tuesday includes the stipulation that Solomon spend 3½ years in prison followed by a term of probation, according to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.
Gilbert police spokesman Sgt. Jesse Sanger Holly Solomon started arguing with her husband, Daniel, on Nov. 10, 2012, when she found out that he didn’t vote because she “believed her family was going to face hardship” as a result of President Obama’s re-election. The argument escalated once her husband pulled over their Jeep and got out in a parking lot.
Solomon chased her husband through the parking lot with the Jeep, circled him as he took refuge behind a light pole. Eventually she struck him as he tried to run toward the road, pinning him between the SUV’s underside and a curb, police said.
Solomon told police that she was trying to scare her husband by stopping the vehicle close to him, but she accidentally stepped on the accelerator and struck him.
Daniel Solomon suffered a fractured pelvis.