Man admits to charges of battery with a deadly weapon
After a third amendment was filed, a Gardnerville man accused of battery with a deadly weapon was finally allowed to enter a guilty plea to the charge.
James McNeill, 41, was arrested Nov. 19, 2017, after attacking his girlfriend and leaving her at the hospital before fleeing the scene.
District Court Judge Tod Young had rejected the guilty plea agreement attorneys filed twice, because the language used in the charge did not accurately portray the crime committed, and it could be appealed later if not specified correctly.
McNeill was charged with felony battery with a deadly weapon that constituted domestic violence.
McNeill faces a maximum sentence of 10 years with a minimum of two years, and a fine of $10,000.
Though McNeill denies the charge, under the supreme court case North Carolina vs. Alford, a defendant is allowed to take a plea deal even if they maintain their innocence, because if they went to trial, they could be facing harsher punishments. Without the guilty plea agreement, McNeill could have faced 30 years and a much higher fine.
His sentencing is scheduled for July 17 and he is being held without bail.