By Associated Press - Sunday, April 24, 2016

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A 19-year-old man accused of stabbing a Bettendorf High School classmate last April has pleaded guilty to a reduced assault charge in the case.

The Quad-City Times reports (https://bit.ly/1MR1rg8 ) Drew Romkey pleaded guilty on Friday to assault causing serious injury.

Romkey was originally charged with felony willful injury. A mistrial was declared after the jury deadlocked at his first trial.

Prosecutors say Romkey stabbed 18-year-old Jacob Woodard four times in the stomach in April 2015 in a residential area. Woodward survived, but required an extended stay in the hospital.

The reduced charge means that Romkey will face a maximum penalty of five years in prison when he’s sentenced July 14. The original charge allowed for a sentence up to 10 years in prison.



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Information from: Quad-City Times, https://www.qctimes.com

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