Medina Man Enters Plea in Machete Attack on Deputy
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Sentencing is set next month for a Medina man who was shot after he attacked a Hennepin County sheriff's deputy with a machete.
County Attorney Mike Freeman says 24-year-old Donald Nichols entered a Norgaard plea of guilty to second-degree attempted murder. A Norgaard plea means a defendant acknowledges guilt but can't recall the facts because of intoxication or amnesia.
Nichols was wearing body armor and a helmet in December when his parents called 911 saying he was suicidal.
Authorities found him with the machete. After Nichols ignored orders to drop the machete, one of the officers shot him with a Taser.
Nichols then ran at a deputy, who blocked the machete with his baton. Another officer shot Nichols.
Prosecutors will seek a 12-year sentence when Nichols is sentenced July 10.