Lufkin man pleads guilty without deal to bottle attacks

Keith King mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Keith King mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man has pleaded guilty to smashing beer bottles in the faces of two random strangers in May of 2010.

The fate of Keith Allen King, 23, will be determined by District Judge Barry Bryan, after he pleaded guilty to the charges without striking a plea deal with prosecutors.

Bryan will determine a punishment following a pre-sentence investigation. It will be at least 45 days before the sentencing hearing.

According to an arrest report, around midnight on May 8, a 43-year-old man was walking in the 800 block of North Raguet Street when King and Kevin Ledet stopped their vehicle near him, asked the victim a question to bring him closer to their vehicle, and then used a beer bottle to strike the victim's face, causing a laceration below his eye.

The second victim, a 45-year-old man, was walking in the 900 block of Weaver Avenue when he was attacked in a manner similar to the first attack, causing massive facial injuries, including lacerations and bone fractures, and rendering the victim unconscious, according to the report. The pair also stole his cell phone, according to the report.

Witness-provided information and DNA evidence collected from the crime scenes assisted detectives in identifying the suspects as Ledet and King.  In December, the investigating detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of Ledet and King, each for the offenses of aggravated assault and aggravated robbery.

The prosecution allowed King on Friday to plead guilty to two counts of aggravated assault.

Ledet pleaded guilty to the crime in August. His sentencing hearing is set for November 21.

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