Tacoma man gets six months for attacking roommate

A Tacoma man was sentenced Friday to six months in jail for pepper-spraying his roommate and then getting a gun, threatening to kill the man and firing a shot that scared but didn’t hit him.

Henry Bartels, 56, originally was charged with attempted murder in the March incident, but he made a deal with Pierce County prosecutors to plead guilty to second-degree assault.

That still is a strike offense under Washington’s “three strikes you’re out law.” Bartels had no previous criminal record.

He apologized in Superior Court for his behavior, blaming a life-long drinking problem for which he is seeking treatment.

“I realize now the pain this must have caused him,” Bartels told Judge Bryan Chushcoff before being sentenced.

The roommate told police he was doing his laundry when Bartels attacked him without warning.

Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644, @TNTAdam