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Man accused of attempting to murder a police officer enters plea

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BECKLEY (WVVA) A Beckley man accused in the 2016 hit and run of a police officer entered a plea on Monday. 

Timothy Lee Howard was arrested in July of 2016, after police said he was caught on camera accelerating an ATV toward Cpl. W.L. Gravley of the Beckley Police Department. Cpl. Gravley was struck by the vehicle, causing severe injuries to his legs  (i.e. multiple broken bones, lacerations, and abrasions). Investigators said Howard then crashed the ATV into a parked vehicle and fled on foot.  

An earlier hearing last Monday was reset after Howard admitted to using Marijuana 12 hours prior to the hearing. He demonstrated enough difficultly expressing his understanding of the agreement that Judge H.L. Kirkpatrick would not let the hearing go forward.

As part of the agreement with prosecutors, Howard pleaded guilty to Attempted First Degree Murder and Malicious Assault of Police officer, both charges that carry a 3-15 year prison sentence.

Two charges were dropped against Howard as part of that agreement; Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Injury and Obstruction.

Since the accident, Cpl. Gravley has undergone multiple surgeries and has since returned to work with light duties as a result of injuries sustained in the attack.

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