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Culdesac man pleads not guilty to attempted murder; mediation being pursued

Culdesac man pleads not guilty to attempted murder; mediation being pursued

A Culdesac man pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, but a trial date wasn’t set as attorneys seek mediation to avoid a trial.

Brian D. Grimm, 59, was charged with first-degree attempted murder July 21 after allegedly attempting to run over his roommate with his car three times.

Grimm was arraigned Wednesday at the Nez Perce County Courthouse in Lewiston, appearing with his public defender, Lawrence Moran. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday, which was accepted by Magistrate Judge Victoria Olds, and the arraignment was scheduled.

Second District Judge Mark Monson read Grimm his rights and he was told the maximum sentence was 15 years in prison as well as a $50,000 fine, after Moran pointed out an error when Grimm was initially told the maximum penalty was 30 years. Moran asked Grimm how he pleaded and Grimm replied “not guilty.”
Moran then told Monson that he was going to attempt a mediation with the Nez Perce County Prosecutor’s Office to resolve the case without a trial. Mediation is when a judge not involved with the case meets with attorneys as well as the defendant and victims to negotiate a resolution to the case, including a plea agreement.
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