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Man pleads guilty in car attack on officers

By Star-Advertiser staff


A man who police said injured two officers when he rammed two police cars with a stolen SUV at the Waikele KFC Restaurant's drive-through window in 2009 pleaded guilty to assault and other charges Friday in state court.

Jeremiah Lopez III, 24, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault, two counts of assault against a law enforcement officer, terroristic threatening, criminal property damage, driving a stolen vehicle, and drug and drug paraphernalia possession.

Police shot Lopez twice in the chest and once in his right arm during the Nov. 3, 2009, confrontation.

In return for Lopez's guilty pleas, the prosecutor promised to recommend a prison term of no more than 10 years when Lopez is sentenced in September. The prosecutor also agreed to dismiss a first-degree robbery and other assault and threatening charges. The robbery charge carries a mandatory penalty of 20 years in prison.

One of Lopez's passengers in the SUV, 26-year-old Cherish Craig, pleaded guilty Friday to misdemeanor assault.

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