Stuckmayer pleads guilty to attempted murder

A plea agreement will send him to prison for 90 months

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

Kevin Edward Stuckmayer, Pierz, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted first degree murder at his pretrial hearing Thursday. One count of first degree assault was dismissed.

Kevin Stuckmayer

Defense attorney Douglas Sauter told Judge Douglas Anderson a plea agreement had been reached and a cap of 90 months in prison was accepted by both the defense and the prosecution.

On Oct. 12, Stuckmayer’s wife, Natalie, told the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office she had been hit in the head by her husband a month before. Just before the Sept. 12 incident, he had asked her to help him in their shed and when she bent over to pick up some bolts, he hit her in the head with a 2-inch by 6-inch board and was knocked out.

When she came to, she said Stuckmayer, 42, was acting as if he was calling for help. He went into the house, leaving her in the shed for about 40 minutes. She managed to get to a phone and dial for help.

Natalie confronted Stuckmayer Oct. 12, and he admitted to having an affair and that he had attempted to kill her.

In court, Stuckmayer said he had been planning to kill his wife for about a week to 10 days and that he had considered hiring the job done. He also admitted keeping the incident a secret until he was confronted by his wife.

Sauter told the court Stuckmayer had spoken with a professional concerning his mental and emotional condition and had been prescribed the antidepressant and anti-anxiety drug Paxil to calm him down.

Prosecuting Attorney Todd Kosovich asked Stuckmayer if he had a clear mind and was not under the influence of any drugs. He asked if he was able to make decisions on his future. Stuckmayer said he was.

Kosovich also told the court that Natalie has requested she be able to contact Stuckmayer while in jail on matters that concern their property. Anderson agreed to the request, but stipulated she must call the jail, leave a message and Stuckmayer would call back, but not more than one time per week.

The date of sentencing has been scheduled for Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at 1 p.m.