TOMS RIVER, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife with a meat cleaver.

The guilty plea entered Tuesday spares 54-year-old Leroy Sickler of Beachwood from standing trial for allegedly later trying to arrange his wife’s murder from his jail cell.

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Sickler admitted he swung a meat cleaver at his wife in their home in September 2008, but the woman ducked out of the way and the cleaver struck a chair.

Authorities have alleged that after his arrest for the assault Sickler plotted to have his wife killed, but prosecutors agreed to drop those charges as part of the plea bargain.

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It calls for a five-year prison term for the aggravated assault. The Asbury Park Press reports that Sickler also pleaded guilty in an unrelated theft case and faces a four-year concurrent prison term.

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