By NIKKI YOUNK
IRON MOUNTAIN - A Norway man has accepted a plea deal on felony charges stemming from an incident in which he attempted to rob a Norway gas station.
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John Leipzig, left, appears in Dickinson County Circuit Court with his attorney Daniel Jaspen to enter a plea on an attempted armed robbery charge. He will be sentenced on Dec. 16.
John Leipzig, 31, pleaded no contest on Monday to one felony count of attempted armed robbery.
In exchange for the plea, Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa Richards dismissed an additional felony count of attempted criminal sexual conduct-first degree. She also reduced his habitual offender-fourth status to habitual offender-third.
Leipzig still faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on Dec. 16.
During the plea hearing in Dickinson County Circuit Court, Leipzig initially entered a plea of guilty. However, he could not tell Judge Richard Celello exactly what he did on the day in question.
"To tell you the truth, I don't remember much of it," he said. "I was intoxicated."
Leipzig's attorney Daniel Jaspen then suggested that a no contest plea be entered instead.
Based on Leipzig's inability to remember the offense, Judge Celello accepted the no contest plea.
Richards informed the court that she would be recommending a prison sentence of 30 months.
According to the criminal complaint in the case, Leipzig entered the Krist gas station on Oct. 8 and told the female cashier that he wanted to rob the store.
He produced a pistol, which police later discovered to be a BB pistol modified to look like a real firearm, and threatened the cashier.
The complaint states that Leipzig also tried to get the cashier to go to the back of the store and have sexual contact with him.
After telling the cashier that he would be back to rob the store, Leipzig left the scene.
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