One of the men who participated in the beating of a fellow resident of a residential facility program in Fayette County, has pleaded guilty to the charge.


25 year old Jose Hernandez Jr. of Marion pleaded guilty Monday in Fayette County District Court, to a charge of Assault with Intent to Commit Serious Injury.

Hernandez now faces up to 2 years in prison. He had previously been charged with Willful Injury Causing Serious Injury, which carries a ten year prison sentence. Hernandez was also on probation in Linn County for burglarizing the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

Hernandez and two other men are accused of going into another resident's room at the Prairie View Residential Care Facility near Fayette, and repeatedly striking him. The victim sustained mouth injuries.

One of the other suspects in the assault, 27 year old Prestin Misch, pleaded guilty to lesser charges last month (June). The other assailant, 24 year old Tyson Leslie, is waiting for a competency evaluation.