A man who nearly hanged his wife in the garage of their Spokane home pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder.

The 38-year-old man, Sean A. Jennings, will spend 12 years in prison under Tuesday's plea agreement filed in Spokane County Superior Court. He had originally faced a first-degree attempted murder charge.

Jennings lured his wife into the noose Oct. 7 by telling her he had set up a haunted house for Halloween. He released her when she lost consciousness.

He told her hanging was better than divorce. The divorce was finalized a month later.