Harry Reynolds, file image of a previous court appearance
KELSO, WA (KPTV) -
A Kelso man accused of filling his home with propane in an attempt to kill his wife and himself will spend four years behind bars.
Harry Reynolds pleaded guilty last week to charges of second-degree assault, domestic violence and first-degree attempted arson.
He was sentenced to four years in prison.
Reynolds was arrested in July. Police said he emptied at least one five-gallon propane tank in his house and waited for his wife to arrive.
When she came home, Reynolds was waiting for her in the driveway, according to court documents. The documents state Reynolds and his wife went in through the back door of the home and that his wife immediately smelled gas.
Reynolds, court documents said, made a comment that it was propane, then took out a lighter, stood in his wife's way and pushed her, preventing her from leaving.
Authorities said Reynolds lit the lighter and said, "We're going out with a bang."
The propane did not ignite, and the woman managed to escape. She ran to the Kelso Police Department and reported the situation.
Court documents said Reynolds refused to answer questions about what happened for officers, but said that whatever his wife's version of events were would be accurate.
Reynolds originally faced additional charges of first-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment, but those charges were dismissed with his guilty plea.
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