Pueblo man pleads guilty to assault in stabbing | VailDaily.com

Pueblo man pleads guilty to assault in stabbing

PUEBLO, Colorado ” A Pueblo man is awaiting sentencing in July after pleading guilty to an assault charge in the stabbing of another man inside a bar restroom.

Nineteen-year-old Moses Mercado entered the plea to second-degree assault during a hearing Wednesday.

He was accused of stabbing 35-year-old Heraclio Aguila-Rayunga during a fight in a restroom at Club 21. Police said the victim was stabbed at least three times in the back of the head and in the neck.

Mercado was initially charged with first-degree assault, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in an agreement with prosecutors.

The plea deal calls for Mercado to serve five to eight years in prison.

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