VanNoy did say that an appointed attorney could provide Cargle with a second opinion and that Cargle could keep the plea deal.
Skelton did not rule on whether to rescind Cargle’s plea agreement, but instead scheduled a hearing for Nov. 2 to “see where things are at.”
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During Wednesday’s hearing, Skelton told Cargle he needed to realize the gravity of his request.
“As you sit here right now, you were about to be sentenced with a sentencing range of 10 to 15,” Skelton said. “Be careful for what you wish for.”
Cargle answered, “Yes,” when Skelton asked him if he understood.
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“I’m actually very surprised,” assistant prosecutor Hope Taylor said after the hearing. “The defendant entered a guilty plea, and we took him at his word, and that’s why we decided to bring the victim advocates to make statements on behalf of our victims.”
Two co-defendants — Jennifer Rice and Cassidy Lake — were to be sentenced Thursday, but court officials said that hearing will be continued.
One victim previously told this news organization that Cargle told the other co-defendants to “make (the victim) bleed or I’ll make you guys bleed.”
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