A man accused of assaulting and robbing a Blair man with two others accepted a plea agreement and was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County District Court.
Tyler Will, 20, of Blair pleaded no contest to third-degree assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor. As part of the plea agreement, a robbery charge was dismissed.
Chief Deputy County Attorney Erik Petersen said there were “serious credibility issues” with the victim, who was recently arrested in two felony theft cases.
“That's why we offered a plea agreement,” Petersen said.
Will waived his right to a presentence investigation to proceed to sentencing. He declined to comment prior to sentencing.
Judge John E. Samson sentenced Will to 120 days in the Washington County Jail. He was given credit for 37 days.
Will's brother, Dylan, who was also charged with robbery, a Class 2 felony, and third-degree assault in this case entered a written not guilty plea Sept. 25. He is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 29.
The brothers were arrested after the incident, which was reported Aug. 25.
According to an arrest affidavit, the victim, who is 19, reported to police he was assaulted by three people the day before. The victim said he didn't know two of the men, but he identified the third as a 16-year-old boy.
The victim told officers the boy and the two men picked him up at his house. They were driving a gold 1999 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight. They drove around Blair for a while before driving to Dixon Road, east of Blair near the Missouri River. The victim said they were going to “smoke weed.”
After arriving, all four individuals got out of the car. The boy and the two men, later identified as Tyler and Dylan Will, went back to the car to get the marijuana.
Moments later, the victim said, the teen swung a metal bat at him, almost striking him in the head. When the victim tried to walk away, the boy jumped on him from behind and put him in a choke hold. The victim was able to free himself, but both he and the boy fell to the ground.
That's when he said Tyler and Dylan Will began kicking and hitting the victim in the arms, back and face. The victim ended up in a ditch beside the road and the boy and the brothers fled.
Police documented injuries to the victim's elbow, right side of his body and his face.
The victim said before getting into the car with the brothers and the teen, he had $80 in his pocket. After the assault, he had only $10.
Police contacted the boy at his house and placed him into custody for the assault. The teen admitted to assaulting the victim, but denied using a bat or taking the money. He also identified the brothers as the other assailants.