The teenager suspected of torching the Lincoln County Courthouse on Dec. 21 pleaded guilty Tuesday to an unrelated assault.
Will Hill, 17, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault for participating in the all-night torture of Davenport resident John Brown Jr. on Nov. 12.
Brown was beaten, choked and punctured with darts by others at a beer party who suspected he was a police informer. Three other juveniles already have been convicted in the case, and two adults await trial.
Hill was charged with first-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment, but Deputy Prosecutor Josh Grant agreed to drop the imprisonment charge and reduce the assault charge in exchange for a guilty plea.
Grant said Hill hit Brown twice with his fists, but had the least involvement of all those charged in the assault.
“The victim spoke very favorably about his conduct,” Grant said.
Hill’s sentence, 30 days in detention plus community service, was canceled out by the 45 days he had already spent in detention.
He remains in the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center pending trial on a charge of first-degree arson in the courthouse fire. Hill faces a hearing Feb. 20 to determine whether he will be tried as an adult.
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