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Phoenix man who stole from his mother pleads guilty

A Phoenix man who was severely injured in a firefight with sheriff's deputies in 2008 has pleaded guilty to serious financial crimes related to his actions in bilking his mother out of thousands of dollars.

Dan Edward Waggoner, 47, pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon in Jackson County Circuit Court before Judge Lorenzo Mejia to a single charge each of criminal mistreatment, first-degree theft and first-degree forgery.

Mejia sentenced him to 18 months for the mistreatment charge, eight months for the theft charge and 60 days for the forgery charge. Waggoner's prison sentences will run concurrently, said prosecutor Laura Cromwell.

Charges of aggravated theft, two additional counts of first-degree forgery and identity theft were dropped as a part of the plea agreement.

"He is headed back to prison," Cromwell said, adding Waggoner is not allowed to have contact with his mother, nor is he to seek employment as a caretaker during three years of probation after his release.

In all, Waggoner stole approximately $12,000 from his mother's account. The forgery charges stem from his fraudulently filling out 19 of his mother's checks, police said.

Waggoner is responsible for making restitution to his mother, Cromwell said.

Waggoner began draining his mother's bank account in 2012. He reportedly forged checks in his mother's name and transferred the money to a friend's bank account, Phoenix police Chief Derek Bowker said.

Police were alerted after Waggoner's mother's bank reported the suspicious transactions.

Waggoner claimed he was transferring the money to pay his friend for work done around his mother's property. But Waggoner's mother said there was no work being done, and she was unaware of the payments coming out of her account, Bowker said.

Waggoner made headlines in 2008 after he was shot by Jackson County sheriff's deputies during a standoff in Eagle Point.

Deputies were called to Waggoner's home in the 1100 block of Dahlia Terrace after the mother of his children said he had several loaded firearms in the house and was threatening suicide.

Waggoner had fired a shot inside the home before police arrived. He refused to leave the home when asked to do so by deputies, prompting a standoff. A SWAT team was called in after negotiations broke down. Waggoner then fired a shot from his porch at the SWAT team van.

After shooting, Waggoner left the porch and was walking around the home when he encountered a sheriff's deputy armed with a rifle.

The deputy testified that Waggoner pointed a handgun at him and refused to drop the weapon. The deputy then shot Waggoner five times.

A grand jury cleared the deputy of any wrongdoing in the case.

Waggoner, who is permanently disabled from the shooting, was charged with numerous crimes, but eventually pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and interfering with police. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison for those crimes.

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 541-776-4497 or email sspecht@mailtribune.com.