Lawyer pleads guilty to nearly killing his wife with a hatchet

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY - A Clear Creek County man will spend the next 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted second-degree murder.

Leland Kintzele, 69, admitted he attacked his then-wife with a hatchet in May 2015. 

Kintzele believed his wife was going to leave him, according to a district attorney's news release.

Kintzele hit his wife in the back of the head multiple times with the hatchet.

The victim was still conscious and convinced Kintzele to call 911 to report the assault.

While authorities responded, Kintzele took a 9-inch carving knife and stabbed himself.

Both Kintzele and his wife were airlifted to a hospital.

Kintzele had originally pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity but withdrew that plea after a stint at the state hospital, where he was evaluated for sanity.

After the attack, Kintzele had his law license suspended in July 2015.

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