Multnomah County Sheriff’s Deputy Resigns After Pleading Guilty to Domestic Assault

Larry Wenzel was suicidal and on a drinking binge when he strangled his wife.

Interstate 84 Landslide Photo by Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Larry Wenzel, 52, has resigned from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office after pleading guilty to strangling and assaulting his wife.

He we sentenced to 20 days in jail and two years of probation. He is prohibited from owning a firearm and resigned his position as a Multnomah County sheriff’s deputy while in jail.

He was arrested Jan. 31 after punching his wife in the face following a multiday alcohol binge, according to prosecutors. He’d worked in the sheriff’s office for 25 years.

“The underlying allegations are very concerning in the extreme,” Clackamas County prosecutor Daniel Paul told a judge at a court hearing Feb 1.

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