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Guilty plea entered in beating case here

A Floyd County man accused of robbing and beating a Whitesburg man has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.

Nathan Collins, 21, of Garrett, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking in excess of $300, which is a class D felony.

Collins, along with Christy Ann Stamper, 28, and Pete Mason, 29, both of Redfox in Knott County, were charged with first-degree robbery, complicity to first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, and complicity to theft by unlawful taking of more than $300. A Letcher County grand jury returned indictments accusing them of causing serious physical injury to Lawrence Taylor on April 5, 2007 by beating him with a deadly weapon while robbing him in his home.

Stamper and Mason both pleaded guilty to the original charges and were each sentenced for 10 years in May 2008. Both were set to testify in Collins’s upcoming jury trial, which was set for February 9.

Assistant Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Kevin R. Mullins has recommended that Collins be sentenced to 3-1/2 years in prison and fined $1,000.

Collins is being represented by Whitesburg attorney James W. Craft II. Sentencing is set for March 4.

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