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More guilty pleas in Detroit mob attack on driver

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Wonzey Saffold in court Thursday.  He pleaded guilty toassault in the beating of Steven Utash. Wonzey Saffold in court Thursday. He pleaded guilty toassault in the beating of Steven Utash.
DETROIT (WJBK) -- Three more defendants have pleaded guilty to assault in the beating of a motorist who accidentally struck a boy with his pickup truck in Detroit.
 
Latrez Cummings, Wonzey Saffold and James Davis appeared Thursday in Wayne County Circuit Court. They say they participated in the attack on Steve Utash, who got out of his truck to help the boy after the accident in April.

All three pleaded guilty to assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.  This is a reduction from the original charge of assault with intent to murder.

The 54-year-old Utash was in a coma for days and spent six weeks in hospitals before his release in May.

Wonzey will be sentenced July 5 at 9 a.m.  Davis and Cummings will be sentenced on July 10 at 9 a.m.  They each face up to 10 years in prison.
 
Bruce Wimbush pleaded guilty to assault earlier this week.  Wimbush may be sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which would allow the charge to be erased from his record after the sentenced is served, with good behavior.  He will be sentenced July 7 at 9 a.m.

Wimbush is out on personal bond and wearing a GPS tether.

A juvenile suspect also pleaded guilty Wednesday to assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.  An ethnic intimidation charge was dropped in exchange for his plea.

The juvenile suspect was sentenced Wednesday and remains in custody.  His placement will be determined by the Wayne County Probation Department.

The father of the juvenile suspect released this statement Wednesday:

"We would like to say that this was a very stressful time for our family. We are deeply saddened that our child had any part in the attack on Mr. Utash. There are a few areas we would like to address: First, we are not racist. We resented the fact that they initially charged our son with a hate crime. We have never taught racism in our home, and it is something we would not tolerate, ever. Second, we have always taught out children that there are other ways to resolve conflicts and that violence is not the answer. We have three adult children who were all raised with the same values and today, they are all productive citizens in their communities. We are now working hard to put this matter behind us and, at the same time, examining all options to ensure that this does not happen again. We continue to pray for Mr. Utash and his family, and we pray that he makes a full recovery."


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