A 21-year-old woman who tried to strangle a Pierce County Jail corrections deputy with a towel pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted first-degree murder.
Superior Court Judge Stephanie Arend sentenced Kady Jo Paxton to 16 years, six months in prison.
Two charges originally filed for attempted first-degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon by a prisoner were dismissed as part of a plea deal.
The attack happened June 30 when a deputy tried to move Paxton to a new cell after she complained that her toilet was not working.
Paxton was in jail awaiting trial on a car-theft charge.
Prosecutors said she used a jail-issued towel knotted at the ends to attack the 44-year-old deputy, planning to use the towel as a ligature to strangle the deputy.
The deputy fended off the attack and radioed for help.
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