Man Pleads Guilty to Trying to Rob Injured Trucker During Riot With AM-Taped Beating
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A man pleaded guilty Tuesday to beating and robbing one motorist and then trying to rob injured trucker Reginald Denny at the beginning of last year’s deadly riot.
Gary Williams, 34, entered the pleas moments before the scheduled start of his trial in Superior Court, said his attorney, Arlene Binder.
Williams was charged with one count of attempted grand theft in the Denny case, and one count each of assault and second-degree robbery in an attack on motorist Fidel Lopez, said district attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons.
Denny and Lopez were pulled from their vehicles and beaten at an intersection April 29 as rioting erupted moments after a jury acquitted four white policemen of beating black motorist Rodney King. The rioting killed 54 people and caused about $1 billion dollars in damage.
Denny’s beating was captured by television crews flying overhead in helicopters and broadcast live as the riot began.
Under a plea bargain, Williams is to be given three years in prison when he is sentenced March 26, authorities said.
Williams was among four men videotaped in the assault on Denny.
Three others are charged with attempted premeditated murder. Their trial was set for March 30.
Another man, 25-year-old Anthony Lamar Brown was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty Feb. 2 to attacking a motorist, robbing another man and spitting on Denny during the beating.