Reid Mitchell and Cole Hagan following the brutal 2021 assault.Courtesy of the Lake Jackson Police Department and the Hagan family members.
In a plea offer, Texas teen Reid Mitchell pleaded guilty to assaulting teammate Cole Hagan, The Info described.
Mitchell will shell out 120 times in jail and the upcoming 10 decades on probation.
The Hagans are “really happy” and truly feel the justice method labored, their attorney informed Insider.
Reid Mitchell, who state prosecutors accused of brutally assaulting his teammate, Cole Hagan, in 2021, has reached a plea deal. He will serve 120 days in jail and then a 10-yr probation.
Mitchell, 19, pleaded responsible on Friday. His spouse and children – which include his mothers and fathers, sister, and two sets of grandparents – joined him in the courtroom in Angleton, Texas, according to the Brazoria County newspaper The Specifics, which first described the plea arrangement.
Mitchell remaining the courtroom in handcuffs on his way to Brazoria County jail for his 120-day sentence, in accordance to The Info. The conviction on his record will be expunged if he spends his 10-calendar year probation no cost of other violations, the outlet noted.
Hagan’s attorney, Loren Klitsas, told Insider that the loved ones was “happy” with the plea agreement.
“The family is quite, pretty happy with the Reid Mitchell sentence,” Klitsas informed Insider. “They really feel like the judicial process labored.”
A Brazoria County grand jury indicted Mitchell for next-degree felony aggravated assault in March 2022 adhering to the attack on Hagan at a pool get together on the night time of Dec. 3, 2021. Teenagers Logan Huber and Ayden Holland told police they lured Hagan exterior, the place Mitchell defeat him, leaving him hospitalized and on a ventilator with a skull fracture, brain bleeds, and a damaged collarbone.
The Texas court docket also indicted Huber and Holland for felony aggravated assault. Their trials are scheduled for May perhaps 15, according to courtroom data.
Cole Hagan opted to ‘show mercy’ to Reid Mitchell, Hagan’s lawyer claimed.
In the courtroom on Friday, the prosecution submitted a created assertion from Hagan requesting the judge and district attorney’s office take the plea, The Specifics noted. Hagan “spoke softly but firmly” when referred to as as a witness to acknowledge the terms of the plea agreement, according to the outlet.
Mitchell produced no statement at the hearing moreover affirming Decide Patrick Bulanek’s questions that he comprehended the terms of the settlement, one of them remaining that Mitchell simply cannot make contact with Hagan, The Info reported.
Hagan, accompanied by his father Mark, exited the courtroom soon just after the settlement was attained, according to The Points. Speaking instantly to Mitchell, Decide Bulanek mentioned the “only individual you ought to genuinely thank is the guy that just walked out of this courtroom,” in accordance to The Points.
“You cannot contact him, but you should’ve thanked him. He is likely the only reason I am accepting this plea. Normally, I would have let a jury of your friends do the determining for me. Truly, the folks who are displaying you mercy are in all probability the people who should not,” Bulanek informed the teenager, The Details noted.
Klitsas advised Insider that in conversations with the district legal professional, Hagan and his household opted to “clearly show mercy” to Mitchell offered his age and deficiency of a preceding report.
“Cole and the loved ones made a decision to display mercy toward him and give him an prospect. He’s acquired 10 decades now to reclaim his lifestyle and transform the path that he was on,” Klitsas explained to Insider. “And if he doesn’t, the choose made it clear that he is likely to toss the book at him, that there is certainly not going to be any next possibilities. So the Hagens have been all for that.”
Beyond jail time, a multi-million dollar civil accommodate looms.
Mitchell’s defense legal professional, Paul Nugent, advised The Information that it was a “fair and just resolution.” Nugent did not quickly react to Insider’s ask for for comment on Sunday.
District Attorney Tom Selleck explained to the outlet that “they are just little ones,” introducing that Mitchell having accountability for his steps towards Hagan was a pivotal aspect of the arrangement, The Information claimed.
“Occasionally kids do items that have tragic repercussions and that is what occurred in this case,” Selleck stated, per The Points. “Possibly it will give an individual else pause to at minimum acquire a minute and believe about the potential of what they are undertaking and the influence it will have. There are no actual winners listed here, but everybody will be in a position to transfer on with their existence and select up the items and shift ahead.”
Klitsas is representing that spouse and children in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit from a number of of Hagan’s friends – who were being accused of getting expertise of the attack in advance of it took location – and their mom and dad, Insider previously documented. So far, Klitsas said, 3 families have settled.
“We’re hopeful that all the parties will move ahead and resolve their distinctions with us in excess of what transpired,” Klitsas advised Insider. “The Hagan family is pleased that they have been equipped to resolve these variations and that it will enable Cole with college and in the long term and reclaim his daily life and go forward.”
A substantial university senior, Hagan is getting ready to enroll at Texas State University, Klitsas explained.
“He is created a miraculous recovery, and he’s performing perfectly,” Klitsas told Insider. “And to be straightforward with you, for an 18-12 months-old boy, it was his decision to exhibit mercy, and which is what he desired to do.”
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