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Man accused of bat attack pleads guilty to reduced charge

By Bob Steenson,

A Charles City man who was charged with attacking two people and striking one of them with a bat has reached an agreement to plead guilty to a reduced charge.

Jason Ward Cagley, age 35, of Charles City, was charged with willful injury resulting in serious injury, a Class C felony; burglary in the second degree, a Class C felony; and assault while participating in a felony, a Class D felony.

Jason Cagley
Jason Cagley

According to police reports, Cagney entered a vehicle occupied by two people in the 600 block of South Jackson on Oct. 28, and assaulted a woman while she was still in the car by grabbing and pulling her hair and striking her in the head. No injuries were caused by this assault, the report said.

The police report says Cagley also assaulted another person at that location with a baseball bat, striking the person in the ribs and pushing that person down and causing serious injuries to the person’s leg and knee.

In a court document filed recently, the Floyd County Attorney’s Office asks the court to approve amending the charge from willful injury resulting in serious injury, to willful injury resulting in bodily injury.

That would lower the seriousness of the charge from a Class C felony to a Class D felony, reducing the maximum penalty from 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine to five years in prison and a $7,500 fine.

On Nov. 26, District Court Judge Chris Foy accepted Cagley’s guilty plea to burglary in the second degree and willful injury causing bodily injury, and set sentencing for Jan. 22, 2019.

Cagley is on pretrial release until his sentencing, under the supervision of the Iowa Department of Correctional Services.