Printed on: September 25, 2013

Ririe man arrested for attempted strangulation, drug paraphernalia

By RUTH BROWN
rbrown@postregister.com

Bonneville County sheriff's deputies arrested a Ririe man Sunday after he reportedly grabbed his girlfriend by the hair and choked her until she passed out.

Shawn Heath's arrest came after his girlfriend, Deana Richardson, 52, got away and ran to a neighbor's house at 3:52 a.m. Richardson and Heath live together at 12042 N. 115th East.

Heath, 46, remained in custody Tuesday for attempted strangulation and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bonneville County Sheriff's Sgt. Jeff Edwards said

the incident started when Heath reportedly set off a firecracker inside the home and guests at the house started argu-

ing with him about it. The guests left, Edwards said, and Heath and Richardson started to fight.

During the fight, Richardson passed out briefly, Edwards said, and when she regained consciousness, she was able to free herself from Heath's grip.

Richardson called police from the neighbor's home.

On Monday, Richardson called law enforcement to request someone come with her to keep the peace while she removed her property from the home.

When police arrived, she pointed out a pipe bomb she said Heath had made and told law enforcement not to touch it.

The device was made of galvanized pipe and had a fuse sticking out of it. It was about 5 inches long, with 1-inch end caps. The bomb squad was called and used a robot to remove the device, which was destroyed, Edwards said.

Inside the home, officers reported finding other materials, including gun powder and ball bearings.

Heath has not been charged in connection with the pipe bomb. He was held Tuesday on a $50,000 bond. His next court appearance is set for 9:15 a.m. Oct. 2.

Attempted strangulation is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Ruth Brown can be reached at 542-6750.