Man pleads guilty after dispute at Lyle Body Shop

Published 6:40 pm Saturday, May 5, 2012

An Austin man who allegedly planned to attack his father with a wrench at a body shop in Lyle in February pleaded guilty to a felony charge Thursday in Mower County Court.

Jamie Lee Chris Schammel, 31, pleaded guilty to terroristic threats with reckless disregard, a felony, as part of a plea agreement.

According to the court complaint, Schammel went to Lyle on Feb. 8 and got into a dispute with a man at the Lyle Body Shop. The complaint then states that police arrived and found Schammel’s father standing near Schammel’s car with a board; he said he was defending himself. According to Schammel, his father was going to give his belongings away if he did not retrieve them. Schammel showed deputies video of the dispute from the vehicle he was driving, which contained a camera, the complaint states. However, the complaint adds that Schammel said the car was not his, and he did not know who it belonged to. Police then found the wrench on the passenger’s seat of that car.

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Police arrested Schammel and put him in the squad car, and Schammel attempted to kick out the rear window, according to the complaint.

Schammel was convicted for third-degree murder in 2003 because of his role in a meth lab explosion that killed a man. He was also convicted of fifth-degree domestic assault in November 2009 and faces a felony failure to appear in court charge from February 2012.

His sentencing is set for June 15.