Twenty-one-year-old Ryan Patrick McCoy of Edmonds appeared in Snohomish County Superior Court last Thursday, July 28 and pleaded guilty to second-degree assault for battering his roommate unconscious with a nail-and-screw-studded baseball bat. The beating left the 48-year-old victim with what doctors described as “skull fractures, fractured nasal bones and brain hemorrhaging.”
The March 23, 2016 incident occurred in a residence in the 21200 block of 80th Avenue West shared by McCoy, his mother Cheryl McCoy and the victim, Michael Parnell. Details were reported by MLTnews here.
Arraigned on April 14, McCoy pleaded not guilty and was remanded to custody pending trial. But according to the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s office, while in custody McCoy decided to change his plea to guilty.
He appeared in court last Thursday to formally enter his guilty plea. He was sentenced to 21 months in prison, followed by 18 months of Department of Corrections community custody during which he may not possess any weapons and must participate in drug and alcohol evaluation and follow up.
There was no word on the condition of his victim, who did not appear in court.
— By Larry Vogel