McDonald changes plea to Guilty to attacks on 3 Pinedale women
Assaults in 2010, 2012 and 2014 where assailant entered homes and viciously beat women while they slept
by Pinedale Online
November 21, 2014
Brian James McDonald appeared in District Court in Pinedale on Thursday, November 20th for a Change of Plea hearing. An agreement was reached between McDonald and the Sublette County Prosecuting Attorney’s office on October 31st in which he agreed to plead guilty to three counts of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree in exchange for 12 other felony counts being dismissed.
McDonald is accused of entering the homes of three women as they slept and viciously beating them. The first attack occurred in 2010. The second in 2012, and the last in May of 2014. Each of the women sustained serious injuries in the assaults. In August, McDonald pled Not Guilty to all 15 charges against him and the case was set to go to trial in January 2015. Later, DNA evidence came back linking McDonald to the scene of two of the three unsolved cases.
McDonald was facing 15 felony charges stemming from brutal beatings of three women in Pinedale as they slept, causing serious injuries. Charges dropped were 3 sets of Attempted Murder in the First Degree, Aggravated Assault and Battery, Possession of Deadly Weapon with Unlawful Intent an Aggravated Burglary. As part of the agreement, the parties agree to recommend he serve from 50-70 years in prison.
The plea agreement is not final until it is accepted by the court. If accepted, there will be a sentencing hearing at a later date.
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