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Charge of attempted murder reduced to assault

From Staff Reports

A man first charged with attempted murder for a July shooting will be released from jail soon after pleading guilty to a lesser charge.

Michael R. “Mikey Mike” Gardner, 23, tried to break up a fight between two groups of women and “had nothing to do” with the shooting of two of the women, his public defender, Thomas Krzyminski, said Tuesday. He was arrested Nov. 1.

Judge Michael Price on Tuesday approved a plea agreement that gave Gardner four months in jail with credit for 80 days served for third-degree assault. He’ll be on probation for one year.

The accused shooter, Timothy “Stoney Boy” Lucious, 38, who was arrested in October, remains in Spokane County Jail on two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of first-degree assault.

The July 24 incident began with a fight at a north Spokane bar. The fight festered at a party, then erupted near Seventh Avenue and Perry Street, according to court documents.

On Tuesday, Gardner, a father of two, told Price he planned to make “better decisions” and “move forward with my life, get school taken care of and be a parent.”

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