Man pleads guilty in mannequin attack to avoid murder charges
This undated Clark County Detention Center photo shows Shane Allen Schindler, 30. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017 2:59PM EDT
LAS VEGAS - A man facing eight to 20 years in a Nevada state prison after pleading guilty to trying to kill a mannequin that police posed as a sleeping homeless person will avoid charges in three similar downtown Las Vegas attacks.
Shane Allen Schindler admitted Tuesday that he thought he was attacking a human when he used a heavy hammer to whack the blanket-covered head of the dummy early Feb. 22.
The attack was caught on video and Schindler was arrested by police staked out in the area following fatal attacks Jan. 4 and Feb. 3 on two men who police say were apparently sleeping when they died.
Schindler's plea agreement means he also will not be charged in a Nov. 30 attack on a homeless man who escaped with head injuries.
Schindler's court-appointed lawyer, Ashley Sisolak, says the plea deal was in his best interest.