Guilty pleas in mob attack are 'just resolution'

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT, Mich.--- The Wayne County prosecutor's office says it consulted with the victim's family before agreeing to plea deals with five people who attacked a Detroit-area motorist.

Spokeswoman Maria Miller says the deals are a "just resolution." Three men pleaded guilty to assault Thursday after two other defendants made similar guilty pleas earlier this week.

Attempted murder charges were dropped.

Steve Utash was attacked by a mob in April after he got out of his pickup truck to help a boy whom he accidentally struck with his vehicle in Detroit. He was in a coma for days and in hospitals for six weeks.

Miller says the guilty pleas will allow the 54-year-old Utash to focus on his recovery. Messages seeking comment were left for Utash's family.

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