Man pleads guilty to trying to throw co-worker into wood chipper

Scott Edward Iverson (Marion County Jail)

KEIZER, Ore. – A man who worked for a tree trimming service was sentenced to prison time after he pleaded guilty to trying to push his co-worker into a wood chipper, head-first.

Officers arrested Scott Iverson on attempted murder and attempted assault charges after the incident back on May 1, 2017.

Iverson's co-worker at R&R Tree Service, Austin Crawford, told police they were working at a property on Moneda Avenue N when Iverson put him in a choke hold and tried to push him into the wood chipper machine.

Another employee intervened and stopped Iverson.

Crawford told KATU that Iverson attacked him out of nowhere.

“I don't want to die this way,” Crawford said he remembers thinking.

Iverson pleaded guilty to the attempted assault charge and was sentenced to 70 months in prison.

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