Man pleads guilty to felony attempted assault charge


An Urbana man charged with abduction pleaded guilty to an amended felony charge Wednesday during a final pre-trial conference.

Richard L. Bowser Jr., 41, pleaded guilty to attempted felonious assault, a third degree felony, while a third degree felony abduction charge was dismissed. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 24.

On June 7, Urbana police officers responded to a 911 distress call in the area of West Church and North High streets. A male caller told dispatch he had been assaulted in the street and dragged into an upstairs apartment at 304 W. Church St. and was being held against his will.

Officers determined which apartment the victim was being held in and when they attempted to make contact with people inside, no one answered the door. The victim had been taken into the bathroom area after the assault and used his cell phone to notify police.

Once officers got inside the apartment, the assault victim ran from the bathroom area to officers, telling them he was the person who had been beaten and forced into the apartment. The victim sustained serious injuries to his face and head.

Bowser faces a maximum three-year prison sentence and $10,000 fine on the attempted felonious assault charge.

By Nick Walton

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

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