(Atlantic) A Cherokee man that was to stand trial today for attempted murder reached a plea agreement Monday and will not be in court today.
Timothy Russell, 38, appeared in the Iowa District Court in Cass County Monday and entered a plea of guilty on charges of 2-counts of Willful Injury and one county of going armed with intent. The court agreed to drop the attempted murder charge.
Russell was committed to the custody of the Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections for a term not to exceed 25-years.
Russell was arrested in September of 2012, after he was asked to leave an Atlantic residence. He returned later with a hammer and a sharp object and allegedly assaulted one of the residents injuring the victim.
Russell will not be eligible for parole for five years on each of the counts of Willful Injury and faces a 5-year prison sentence for going armed with intent.
February 12, 2012
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