Man charged with felony assault, allegedly broke wife’s leg

EVERETT — A Snohomish man accused of tackling his wife and breaking her leg in multiple places now is charged with felony assault.

Prosecutors allege that after busting his wife’s leg Shaun Horn failed to call 911 or to let the injured woman call for help. The woman, 51, was on the ground for nine hours. It took Horn three days to finally summon help for his wife, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Paul Stern wrote in court papers.

Stern charged Horn with second-degree domestic violence assault and criminal mistreatment. The Snohomish man, 58, pleaded not guilty to the charges earlier this week. A judge set bail at $100,000. Horn is prohibited from contacting his wife.

Sheriff’s deputies found the woman on Feb. 21 at the couple’s rural home. She was lying on the couch with her leg propped up. Deputies noticed an obvious and serious injury to the leg.

“Help. He wouldn’t let me call. I need help,” the woman was reported saying to deputies.

She told deputies that Horn punched her in the face numerous times during an argument three days earlier. He allegedly tackled the woman “like a linebacker,” court papers said.

She heard a pop and knew that her leg was broken. Horn allegedly continued to punch the woman.

She was unable to walk and Horn reportedly declined to assist her. She was on the floor for hours.

Horn eventually lifted his wife to the couch, but he reportedly refused to call 911 or to let her use her cellphone.

The woman said Horn did bring her water, Stern wrote in court papers.

Once the woman was rescued, she was moved to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle because of the severity of her injuries.

She later was transferred to a convalescent facility, unable to walk. Doctors have told her she’ll need to be in the facility for months, Stern wrote.

Horn doesn’t have any prior felony convictions. He has a drunken driving conviction from 2008 and other driving misdemeanors dating back to the early 1990s.

Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463, hefley@heraldnet.com

More in Local News

Former jail guards sentenced in dehydration death of inmate

During a mental health crisis in 2015, Keaton Farris, 25, wasted away in the Island County Jail.

County Council grills Sound Transit CEO about long timeline

West Seattle and Ballard light-rail extensions will be completed before the main spine to Everett.

‘We don’t know why he left’: Teen has been missing for 2 years

Interest in the case of Tyler Christensen, of the Edmonds area, has recently surged on the internet.

Talks to begin on emergency radio system contract

Motorola Solutions Inc. has been chosen to build a replacement for the current 911 radio system.

Mountlake Terrace woman in coma after random, vicious attack

The suspect allegedly confessed, saying he had no explanation for his actions.

Traffic circles going in on Second Street in Marysville

The work follows complaints from residents about people driving too fast down the street.

Swift Bus and van collide in Everett, injuring 2

Their injuries were described as minor.

State: Secret deal endangers Marysville Strawberry Festival

The “bizarre” agreement promises a former leader up to $175,000 if the group fails to meet his demands.

Mill Creek man gets 16 years for stabbing wife to death

It was the culmination of a marriage marred by violence, separation and reconciliation, records show.

Most Read