Austin man enters plea in attempted murder charge
An Austin man admitted Monday there was “a substantial likelihood” would he be found guilty by a jury of attempted second-degree murder.
Kuoviy Kwot Omot, 22, entered what is called an Alford plea in Mower County District Court. The conviction will appear as a guilty verdict on his criminal record as if he had pleaded guilty, according to court documents.
Court records do not indicate what happened with four other felony charges Omot faced as a result of the Jan. 27, 2017, incident. The petition to enter a guilty plea filed with the court on Monday indicates the remaining four charges might be dismissed.
The charges stem from an incident during which a man was shot in the leg about 5:40 a.m. in the area of the Western Manor Apartments, 303 27th St. SW, in Austin.
The man was taken to the emergency room of the Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin by another person. An Austin police officer met the man as he arrived at the hospital, according to court documents.
At the hospital, the man who was shot told police he went to the building with his girlfriend and met a man he knew as Omot, according to court records. During the interaction, an altercation began and Omot shot the man in the left knee, according to court records.
Officers at the apartment complex found a 9 mm bullet and a small clump of hair on the carpet near blood stains in the entryway of one of the buildings, according to court documents. Another spent shell casing was found by a resident three days later on the ground outside the building.
Omot was arrested March 22 at his home on Second Avenue Southwest in Austin. He refused to provide his name or any identification, instead providing the name of an Austin police officer, according to court documents.
Also on Monday, Omot pleaded guilty in two other cases to felony charges of possession of firearm ammunition by a person convicted or adjudicated delinquent of a crime of violence and first-degree tampering with a witness, according to court records.
A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled in any of the three cases, according to court records.