A Van Buren man accused of stabbing a deputy with a pair of scissors has been sentenced to 15 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.
Avin Floyd Thibodeaux, 34, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Crawford County Circuit Court to attempted first-degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, second-degree battery and criminal mischief.
Judge Gary R. Cottrell sentenced Thibodeaux to 15 years in prison on the attempted murder charge. Cottrell ordered an additional 15-year suspended prison sentence on the remaining charge.
Thibodeaux was arrested Nov. 5 after sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 5300 block of Grand Magnolia Road to investigate the report of a battery.
When the deputies arrived, Thibodeaux allegedly barricaded himself in the residence, according to an affidavit of probable cause. During the standoff, Thibodeaux is accused of breaking a window and threatening deputies with a knife, the affidavit states.
After Thibodeaux was tased twice, he cut a deputy with the scissors on the chin, according to the affidavit which states Thibodeaux spit at deputies after he was placed in handcuffs.
Prior to the plea, Public Defender Ryan Norris told Cottrell that Thibodeaux had fought the deputies in an effort to get them to kill him in a failed suicide attempt.
Norris filed for and received a mental evaluation for Thibodeaux which found him competent to stand trial.
Cottrell gave Thibodeaux credit for time served and ordered the 15-year sentence to run concurrently with a four-year sentence he previously received for third-degree domestic battery and resisting arrest.