A 28-year-old Taylor County man convicted of shooting a deputy last year has taken a plea deal and will avoid a jury trial.
Investigators say Alexander Schneider, 28, shot Taylor County Deputy Chad Kowalczyk in the stomach September 8, 2013. Deputy Kowalczyk was responding to the report of restraining order violation when the incident happened.
During an initial interview with investigators, Schneider is reported to have said his first shot was intended for the [deputy's] face.
Deputy Kowalczyk was released from the hospital about a week after the incident.
Schneider has two open criminal cases, both will be combined during his September 15 sentencing.
Monday, he pleaded no contest to attempted 1st degree intentional homicide; possessing a firearm, three counts of bail jumping, and battery.
A five-day trial was scheduled to begin July 21.
Schneider is in custody in the Lincoln County Jail; which is standard protocol when an employee of the Sheriff's Department or Police Department is involved in a crime.
Court documents also say Schneider admitted he was under the influence synthetic marijuana during the incident and was feeling suicidal.
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