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Man Pleads Guilty to Trying to Rob Injured Trucker During Riot With PM-Taped Beating

March 17, 1993

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A computer-enhanced videotape of trucker Reginald Denny’s beating during last year’s riots helped persuade a man to plead guilty to assault and robbery charges, his lawyer said.

Gary Williams, 34, entered his plea Tuesday, moments before the start of his trial, said attorney Arlene Binder. He was accused of attacking another motorist and rifling Denny’s pockets.

News helicopters carried live coverage of the April 1992 attacks, showing Denny being pulled from his truck and severely beaten.

Williams and his lawyer watched enhanced footage showing a man leaning over Denny and another motorist.

″It took what was a tape that was very blurred and confusing and made it very clear that it was a man who looked very, very much like my client,″ Binder said.

In exchange for his plea, Williams will be sentenced to three years in prison. He could have received more than six years.

Three other men are charged with attempted murder in the Denny beating.

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