Ellis pleads guilty to lesser charge

By David Knopf/Richmond News

Jeffrey Ellis, one of two defendants charged as adults in the 2011 attacks in a Hardin-Central High School locker room, entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge Monday afternoon as part of a negotiated settlement.

Ellis’ plea is irrevocable, visiting Judge Larry Dale Harman said, but resolution of the case and his punishment won’t be known until a sentencing hearing scheduled for April 18. Harman ordered a sentencing assessment from the state Monday, which will be taken into account when he issues his decision.

In his plea, Ellis agreed with Harman’s statement that he’d “attempted to cause physical injury by striking the individual with a bottle.” The individual, another Hardin student, wasn’t identified by name in court.

“Are you, in fact, guilty of this charge?” Harman asked.

“Yes, sir,” said Ellis, who appeared with two attorneys, Shawn Blair of Liberty and Richmond attorney Mark Goodwin.

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