A teenager accused of seriously injuring a Cedar Rapids Police officer last year has avoided a trial by pleading guilty today to a number of charges. Eighteen-year-old Jose Rockiett was arrested in connection with a robbery and an assault on police officer Tim Davis.
Davis suffered a serious head injury in the attack on March 29, 2009. Rockiett’s trial was scheduled to begin next month in Burlington, but today his attorneys announced a plea deal. Rockiett pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree robbery, interference with official acts and willful injury.
The plea deal calls for a 25-year sentence plus fines. Rockiett did not make a statement at today’s court appearance, but he could do so when he is sentenced on March 19.