A Beckley man entered pleas Monday to the malicious assault and attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.
Timothy Lee Howard II, 26, entered the pleas as Kennedy pleas, meaning he does not admit guilt, but he believes he would fare better with a plea agreement than taking the case to trial.
Under the agreement, Howard faces three to 15 years for each of the counts. Two misdemeanor charges — leaving the scene of an accident with injury and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage — were dismissed.
The prosecution and defense reserve the right to argue Howard’s sentencing at a hearing scheduled Sept. 21 at 9 a.m.
Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Keller outlined the evidence the state would have presented had the case gone to trial.
She said Cpl. William Gravely with the Beckley Police Department observed the defendant illegally operating an ATV July 4, 2016, on East Prince Street.
Gravely, who was in full uniform, walked across the street to motion for Howard to stop. Witnesses would testify Howard steered