A Natrona County man accused of threatening his wife and the family pet with a knife, will avoid jail time, after admitting to reduced misdemeanor charges in his case.

Forty-three year old David Bright, was given a one year suspended jail sentence with one and one-half years of probation, after he pleaded guilty to one charge of reckless endangerment.

He was also given an additional six month suspended jail sentence with one and one-half years of probation, after he pleaded guilty to one charge of domestic battery.

The Natrona County Sheriff's Office says about two weeks ago (February 20th), Bright and his wife got into an argument over his drinking, and the argument continued the next morning.

Bright was drinking again and the argument escalated to a point where he threw two metal crutches at his wife, but hit a dog kennel instead.

The dog was able to get out as a result, and Bright became enraged even more.

His wife and the dog ran into another room to seek shelter, but Bright pursued and was able to force his way into the room, where he struck his wife with his fist, and then held a metal knife and said he was going to kill her.

Bright then came to his senses, contacted law enforcement and explained everything.

Sheriff's Deputies searched the room, and found a deep marking in the wall, which appeared to have been caused by a knife.