CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio man has pleaded no contest to felonious assault charges in the beating of a homeless man sleeping under a Cincinnati bridge.
A court official says 25-year-old Michael Hesson, of Hamilton, pleaded Wednesday in a Cincinnati courtroom in John Johnson's beating last April.
A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is handled much like a guilty plea in court.
Three soldiers also were charged in Johnson's attack. Two, from Fort Bragg, N.C., have cases pending. The third, from Fort Knox, Ky., has pleaded no contest to felonious assault.
Prosecutors say Johnson was hit with a baseball bat and pipe and suffered a facial fracture.
Hesson also pleaded no contest to having a weapon under disability, stemming from his girlfriend's fatal shooting in January. His attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
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