Medina man enters plea in machete attack on deputy

Published 10:19 am Friday, June 12, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Sentencing is set next month for a Medina man who was shot after he attacked a Hennepin County sheriff’s deputy with a machete.

County Attorney Mike Freeman says 24-year-old Donald Nichols entered a Norgaard plea of guilty to second-degree attempted murder. A Norgaard plea means a defendant acknowledges guilt but can’t recall the facts because of intoxication or amnesia.

Nichols was wearing body armor and a helmet in December when his parents called 911 saying he was suicidal.

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