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Dougherty brothers agree to plea deals

Two of the three Florida siblings who made headlines last year after eluding police in a multiple-state chase have accepted plea deals to avoid attempted murder charges, among others.

Dylan and Ryan Dougherty, both initially accused of attempted murder, pleaded guilty to assault and menacing charges in Huerfano County District Court.

Their 29-year-old sister recently pleaded guilty to a pair of counts of felony menacing and attempted first-degree assault. She faces a sentence ranging from nine to 28 years in prison.

The three siblings were arrested in Colorado last summer after they reportedly led police on high-speed chases that included more than one exchange of gunfire.

Dylan Dougherty, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree assault. When sentenced, he could receive from 10 years to 32 years in prison.

In exchange for his guilty plea, Dylan had charges of conspiracy to escape dismissed, among others. He was accused of being in possession of a homemade knife in an attempted jailbreak in January.

His younger brother, Ryan, 22, pleaded guilty to five counts of felony menacing. He faces up to 20 years in prison when he's sentenced.

According to the plea agreements with prosecutors, any additional prison sentences the three siblings might receive in Florida and Georgia for other alleged crimes would run concurrent with their Colorado prison sentences. That means any additional sentences will be served at the same time as the Colorado incarceration, rather than after incarceration here.

A federal grand jury indicted the trio for a Georgia bank robbery and for using firearms while committing a violent crime.

All three are slated for sentencing here in Colorado on April 30.

Source: Reuters: "Dougherty brothers plead guilty in Colorado," Keith Coffman, Feb. 16, 2011

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