- Associated Press - Thursday, March 12, 2015

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - An Arizona man charged after a fight at a Casper motel that left a New Mexico man dead has pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/19fLaP8 ) 36-year-old Dwayne Bahe entered his plea Thursday in the Nov. 9 death of Gary Jefferson. Bahe is expected to get three to five years in prison.

Investigators say Jefferson died after being kicked in the head with steel-toed boots. Two other people also suffered head injuries in the brawl.

Co-defendant David Watson Jr., also of Arizona, is expected to go to trial May 26 on charges of aggravated assault.

Watson and Bahe were initially charged with second-degree murder, but prosecutors reduced their charges. The men claimed self-defense, and investigators say it appeared Jefferson threw the first punch.


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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