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Plea Deal Reached for Milwaukee Mayor's Attacker

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Anthony Peters is accused of attacking Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett outside State Fair Park in the summer of 2009.
Anthony Peters is accused of attacking Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett outside State Fair Park in the summer of 2009.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - The man who attacked Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett last summer took a plea deal so he could take responsibility for what he did, and get the case over with. That’s what defense lawyer Anthony Cotton said Tuesday, after 21-year-old Anthony Peters pleaded guilty to reckless injury, bail jumping, and 2 counts of disorderly conduct. Three other counts were dropped.

And prosecutors agreed to seek a 9 year prison sentence plus 10 years of extended supervision. Peters will be sentenced on July 23rd. The plea deal wipes out a trial that was set to begin next week. If jurors would have found him guilty, they would have had to decide if Peters was insane when he attacked Mayor Barrett with a tire iron last August.

His lawyer says Peters has post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar syndrome, and other mental health problems. The mayor was leaving the State Fair last August when he saw Peters argue with the grandmother of his daughter. She yelled for help, so Barrett called 911 with his cell phone and was attacked while doing so. The mayor suffered a broken hand and head injuries. Barrett’s office says he won’t comment on the matter until Peters is sentenced.

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