VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) -- A nursing assistant at the Vancouver VA hospital is charged with purposely damaging a patient's vehicle, and a KOIN 6 News investigation found his criminal past includes more serious crimes -- including attempted murder.
Patrick Henry now faces a charge of malicious mischief for allegedly harassing a Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center patient by putting nails under the patient's vehicle tires.
But KOIN 6 has learned Henry's past includes a 1979 conviction for attempted murder in a plot to kill his ex-wife in Arizona. He served 6 ½ years in prison.
It's a case that included allegations of trying to smuggle weapons onto a plane, fake names and disguises. It was a case so bizarre and high profile it was the subject of a book and a television movie called "Deadly Intentions."
"I don't think I want to talk to you about that," Henry said when KOIN 6 approached him at his home. He wouldn't answer questions "because I don't think it's very interesting. Not to me and not to the people you are going to be showing the news to."
He also would not talk about the past conviction for second-degree attempted murder.
"I think there has been a big mistake in the information that you guys have gotten," Henry said. "I think the whole thing is … you better check your facts."
But court documents show 66-year-old Patrick G. Henry was sentenced for attempted murder in Arizona in 1980. He was charged in Washington State earlier this year with malicious mischief.
The Associated Press reports Henry also served prison time for federal marijuana and weapons charges. Those charges came as part of a plan prosecutors alleged was meant to kill a prosecutor.
In Clark County Court, his attorney acknowledged two felonies during a February appearance on the malicious mischief charge: "He has two prior felonies your honor ... He has two prior felonies that were not from this state."
The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Vancouver division, would not answer KOIN's questions about Henry's past -- or whether it considered the charges acceptable for a nursing assistant at the hospital. Public affairs officer Dan Herrigstad would only confirm Henry has worked at the Vancouver campus since 2004, and is still employed by the hospital.
Herrigstad said potential employees must go through a very thorough background check process.
Henry has entered a not guilty plea in Clark County court to the newest mischief charge, and requested a jury trial. He's due back in court in July.
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