Originally Posted by dargonking999
they can plea allday long, it is a mandatory 5 years in prison for showing a weapon, thats it end of story there is no getting out of it.
It totally depends on the case they have.
If they have reliable witnesses sure.....they'll take it to court.
But already you have a witness that doesn't seem too sure about what they saw. The prosecutor will have a tough time taking a case like this to a jury. So, to make sure something is done, they will have him plead to a lesser charge.
Just like some child-molestation cases. The laws are very cut-and-dried on what molestation is, but if it doesn't look like the case can't go to trial, then the prosecutor and defense team will often work out a deal for a lesser charge.
It's unfortunate, but it happens all the time.