Ex-Haskell student pleads to lesser charge in alleged rape

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A former Haskell Indian Nations University student accused of rape has pleaded no contest to a lesser charge.

Jared Wheeler entered the plea to aggravated battery last week and faces a maximum of less than three years in prison.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports Wheeler originally was charged with two counts of rape and one count of aggravated criminal sodomy.

Wheeler and another former Haskell student, Galen Satoe, were charged with raping a 19-year-old freshman in a dormitory room in November 2014.

Mistrials were declared in both men’s trials this summer after juries could not agree on a verdict.

Satoe still faces trial in February on two counts of rape and a count of aiding and abetting attempted rape.



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