Friday, January 20, 2006

Four Tire-Slashing Defendants Plead No Contest to Misdemeanors

The prosecution in the tire-slashing trial has made plea agreements with four of the defendants in the Milwaukee tire-slashing trial, charging them with misdemeanors.

The defendants -- Sowande A. Omokunde, son of Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, Michael Pratt, son of former acting Milwaukee Mayor Marvin Pratt, Lewis Caldwell, and Lavelle Mohammad -- have pleaded no contest to the amended charges. Defendant Justin Howell is not included in the plea deal.

The court agreed to the amended charges of misdemeanor criminal damage to property. The maximum penalty is nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine.

A sentencing hearing for the four defendants was set for 8:30 a.m. on April 26. The jury was still deliberating over Howell's case.

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