Man admits to assaulting his public defense attorney

2014-05-02T14:50:00Z 2014-05-02T23:52:06Z Man admits to assaulting his public defense attorneyGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
May 02, 2014 2:50 pm  • 

A California fugitive admitted Friday to attacking his public defense attorney in January during a court hearing.

Led into the courtroom by Yellowstone County sheriff’s deputies, shackled and wearing a county jail jumpsuit, David Anthony Aguilar Jr., 33, appeared in front of District Judge George Huss and pleaded guilty to one felony count of assault with a weapon.

Huss set a sentencing date of July 10 for Aguilar.

In January, Aguilar, who was arrested on a parole violation warrant out of California, appeared in Justice Court by video from the Yellowstone County Detention Facility for an extradition hearing.

On video, Aguilar could be seen swinging his handcuffed fists at his court-appointed public defender Erik Moore.

Representatives said in January that Aguilar used his handcuffs to hit Moore in the side of the head and Aguilar admitted to that on Friday.

He remains in custody at the county jail on a $50,000 bond and will face extradition back to California when the Yellowstone County case is resolved.

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