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Three plead guilty in Detroit mob attack on driver

By Stephanie Gallman, CNN
updated 2:45 PM EDT, Thu June 19, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Trio was accused of assault with intent to do great bodily harm
  • Another adult pleaded guilty Monday to the same charge
  • The four face up to 10 years in prison and are scheduled to be sentenced in July
  • A juvenile is in police custody in the April beating, which seriously injured the driver

(CNN) -- Three men pleaded guilty Thursday in the mob beating of a 54-year-old grandfather after he inadvertently struck a child with his truck in April, according to a news release from the Wayne County, Michigan, prosecutor's office.

Latrez Cummings, 19, James Davis, 24, and Wonzey Saffold, 30, pleaded guilty to assault with intent to do great bodily harm, saying they intended to hurt the driver, Steven Utash.

"I punched him twice and kicked him once," Saffold said.

Davis said he kicked Utash several times.

Bruce Wimbush, 18, pleaded guilty Monday to the same charge, admitting that he punched Utash in the jaw.

He said he became "emotional" and his anger took over, according to CNN affiliate WDIV.

"I have a little brother, and when I saw the kid, all I could see at the time was my little brother," Wimbush said, according to WDIV.

All four adult suspects face up to 10 years in prison. They are scheduled to be sentenced in July.

A fifth suspect, a juvenile, pleaded guilty to assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. A charge of ethnic intimidation was dropped in return for the plea. He and the other defendants, and the little boy who was struck, are black. Utash is white.

The juvenile remains in police custody, awaiting placement by the Wayne County Probation Office.

Utash, the driver, was hospitalized in a coma after the attack. He returned home in May after spending more than six weeks in a hospital and rehabilitation center, according to a "Help Steven Utash" Facebook page post.

A GoFundMe page established by Utash's children has garnered nearly $200,000 in donations.

The boy struck by Utash's vehicle was treated for a leg injury at a local hospital and then was released home, according to the prosecutor's office.

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CNN's Kevin Conlon and Lorenzo Ferrigno contributed to this report.

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