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Elton man pleads guilty to assault on father

Last Modified: Thursday, October 04, 2012 10:31 PM

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A member of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to an assault charge, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said.

Nicholas Tyler Poncho, 21, of Elton, was indicted in May on two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

He pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, admitting he struck his father with a 1.5-liter wine bottle Jan. 22 with the intent to do bodily harm.

Poncho faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and three years’ supervised release. Sentencing will be Jan. 10.

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