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Naked carjacking suspect to be offered a plea deal

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PHOENIX -

The story and video are hard to forget.  A naked man carjacks several cars, leading to a series of crashes in Scottsdale.

FOX 10 has confirmed the suspect will be offered a plea deal this week.  The County Attorney's office says it is the best way to settle this case and will spare the expense of a trial.

One man who was a victim in this case says he isn't happy the suspect is being offered a deal.

This was a story that made national headlines.  The naked man jumping on cars at in intersection last June.

After police say he crashed his car, then carjacked a Toyota Prius and crashed into several other cars.

According to the police report, the suspect, 45-year-old John Brigham, had PCP in his system.

One of the people he crashed into was Jason Paxson.

"Boom -- he was on me..and I tried to swerve and go into the median and he hit me head on," said Paxson.  "He was running around naked..jumping on other vehicles behind me."

Paxson was left bloodied and still has injuries from the crash, which totaled his work truck and he's upset that Brigham is being offered a plea deal by prosecutors.

"They're pretty much giving him a good package deal -- which he changed the lives of at least 11 victims."

Jason's wife, Kim Paxson, says, "We're baffled.  I think the prosecutor wants to get the case off her desk and move on.  And I don't think he's going to learn anything by not going through the trial."

The plea deal for Brigham will be presented in court on Friday and while the terms aren't yet public, he will still serve time behind bars. 

Kim wants the victims to have their day in court.

"We want him to sit through a trial -- I want him to see every photo -- I want him to hear every victim."

The County Attorney's office said another reason for the plea deal is so the victims don't have to go through a trial which can be emotionally draining.  But the victims will have a chance to speak in court at a hearing Friday if they chose to.

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