It wasn't actually a haunted house. Her husband just told her that to get her to the garage. Now, nearly a year later, Sean A. Jennings, 38, will spend...

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It wasn’t actually a haunted house. Her husband just told her that to get her to the garage.

Now, nearly a year later, Sean A. Jennings, 38, will spend 12 years in prison for the attempted hanging of his wife last October, according to a plea agreement filed Tuesday.

Along with probation and fines, Jennings was ordered to have no contact with his ex-wife, who called police from a Wal-Mart two days after her husband lured her into a noose in the garage by telling her he’d set up a haunted house for Halloween.

Jennings pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder, according to Spokane Superior Court documents. He originally faced a first-degree attempted-murder charge.

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“He just felt horrible about the whole thing,” said his public defender, Anna Nordtvedt. “He thought that the offer and the amended charge reflected what happened.”

Nordtvedt said Jennings apologized to a judge and has shown only remorse during the time she has spent with him.

“There were a lot of issues happening with both of them. … I think that there were some contributing factors,” she said.

Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Mark Lindsey did not return a phone message left Tuesday afternoon.

The woman said she was working on a computer at the couple’s home on North Audubon Street on Oct. 7 when Jennings called her to the garage to see a haunted house. Saying he wanted to surprise her, Jennings blindfolded his wife, then handcuffed her and slipped a noose around her neck after she stepped up on a ladder, according to a Spokane police report.

The two struggled, and Jennings released his wife of a year and a half just as she lost consciousness, according to the report. The woman told police Jennings had told her that hanging her was “better than getting a divorce,” according to the report.

After his wife regained consciousness, Jennings told her to put aloe vera on the rope burn and then hide it with a neck brace, according to police.

The couple’s divorce was finalized a month later, according to newspaper records.

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