Pendleton to Serve Two Years in Prison on Reduced Charges

Bismarck man was initially charged with attempted murder

By Ben Smith | bsmith@kxnet.com

Published 09/30 2016 02:05PM

Updated 09/30 2016 03:29PM

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A Bismarck man will serve two years in prison after changing his plea in an attempted murder.
Cheston Pendleton was accused of trying to kill another man in downtown Bismarck last year.
Pendleton shot him during an altercation.
Today he agreed to plead guilty to the reduced charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.
"There's a lot of discussion that could be had regarding the Attempted Murder.  But there is no doubt in the courts mind that the intent factors that were applied to Aggravated Assault, and Reckless Endangerment were clearly proven, and the facts do justify me accepting the plea of guilty to those two cases," says Judge James S. Hill.
Pendleton will also get credit for the time he has spent in jail--which is almost one year.
He will be on three years supervised release following his sentence.

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