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Man Lessens Cville Attempted Murder Charge with Plea Deal

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

The man charged with attempted murder after a fight on Charlottesville’s downtown mall in 2012 will plead guilty to lesser charges.

Samuel Wheless, 25, pleaded guilty Thursday morning in Charlottesville Circuit Court to attempted voluntary manslaughter and possession of a concealed weapon.

Wheless' attorney William Hendricks says while he will not admit guilt to the manslaughter charge, his client believes the plea deal is in his best interest.

“It serves the ends of justice from the commonwealth's point of view, it limits the exposure from the defendant's point of view, and it allows the court to address the issues that caused the problems in the first place,” said Hendricks.

Wheless could return to court as early as August 20 for sentencing. His two felony charges carry a maximum sentence of five years each - so he could spend a maximum of 10 years behind bars.

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