Wright County man enters Alford plea in confrontation with police

Scott Rivers
Scott Rivers

CLARION, Iowa – A man accused of threatening police with a shotgun is entering an Alford plea.

47-year-old Scott R. Rivers was arrested on July 8 and charged with going armed with intent, two counts of assault on persons in certain occupations and one count of 1st degree harassment.  Clarion police were called to do a welfare check on a possibly suicidal person and when they arrived on scene, officers said Rivers pointed a 12-gauge shotgun at them.

Rivers was scheduled to stand trial on November 17 and court documents say he intended to argue intoxication and diminished capacity in his defense.

On Friday, he filed to enter an Alford plea to going armed with intent.  That means he does not admit guilt but concedes he could be convicted at trial and agrees to accept sentence.  All other charges would be dismissed as part of a plea agreement with Wright County prosecutors.

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