A Paris man accused of attempted murder pleaded guilty Monday to amended charges in Carroll County Circuit Court.
Phillip Kiner II, 52, of Bates Road was scheduled to have his case heard this month in a jury trial in Henry County but opted to be added to the docket in Carroll County in order to enter a plea of guilty.
Judge Donald Parish, who presides over Henry County Circuit Court but is also a Circuit Court judge for Carroll County, heard Kiner’s plea in Huntingdon.
Kiner, along with officials with the district attorney’s office, requested that the case be heard when Parish was presiding in Carroll County instead of waiting until the next court date in Henry County, which would have been in July, according to a press release by Mike Wilson, Henry County Circuit Court Clerk.
Kiner was originally charged with two counts of attempted murder. Both these charges were amended to aggravated assault. Kiner was sentenced to serve three years in the Department of Correction on both charges.
These sentences will be served concurrently.
Kiner was charged in connection with an incident in June 2018 when Kiner fired a gun at two men during an alleged argument. According to a report of the shooting, Kiner fired the shots while one of the victims was on the phone with a dispatcher from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department. Kiner was holding the gun when officers arrived.
Kiner was also charged with six counts of reckless endangerment, possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, and possession of a controlled substance, but these charges were dismissed according to the terms of his plea agreement.
Kiner is to report to the Henry County jail July 9 to begin serving his sentence.
A second defendant, Harrison Fisher, 24, of 1084 Little Benton Road in Mansfield, also requested that his case be added to the docket in Carroll County in order to expedite his plea agreement.
Fisher pleaded guilty to a charge of accessory after the fact.
Parish did not accept Fisher’s guilty plea but instead placed him on deferred probation. This means that if Fisher meets the terms of his probation for a period of two years, his charges will be expunged.
Fisher will serve his time on supervised state probation.