LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 51-year-old Lufkin man accepted a plea bargain deal of two years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison Monday for throwing his ex-wife out of her wheelchair in the Kmart parking and injuring her.
James Michael Cook is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a third-degree felony injury to the elderly charge and third-degree felony motion to revoke probation for obstruction or retaliation charge. His bail amount has been set at $25,000.
Cook appeared in Judge Paul White's 159th Judicial District Court Monday morning, and he accepted the plea deal shortly before he was set to go to trial. As part of the deal, he pleaded guilty to both felony charges.
Cook agreed to serve a two-year prison term for the injury to the elderly charge. As part of the deal, he got two years of probation for the motion to revoke probation charge, and he will serve that sentence concurrently, or at the same time.
Cook was arrested for throwing his ex-wife out of her wheelchair back in March. He and his ex-wife were at Kmart shopping with their son when the incident happened, and the woman said Cook accused her of stealing his tablet.
According to a Lufkin Police Department report, Cook's ex-wife also the officer that Cook had tried to spin her out of her wheelchair before he threw her out of it, the report stated. A med unit was called out to the scene to check out injuries to the woman's wrists, knee, and back.