25-year old Leo Pinnick had his preliminary hearing in Sheridan County Circuit Court Thursday in front of Judge John Sampson. Pinnick is charged with aggravated assault and battery stemming from an incident that occurred in Sheridan during the early morning hours of July 11th, where Pinnick assaulted 24-year old Neil Switzer with a baseball bat and a pipe.
Pinnick's Attorney, Shelly Cundiff, argued that the defendant acted in self defense, as it was Switzer who was the instigator in the fight that resulted in his injuries. County Attorney Matt Redle rebutted the notion of self defense by pointing out that Pinnick continued to beat Switzer after he was on the ground and defenseless.
Judge John Sampson set a $25,000 cash only bond, citing Pinnick's lengthy record and savage behavior as the reason for the cash only bond. Pinnick's case has been bound over to 4th Judicial District Court. No court date as of yet has been set. 18-year old Walker Takes Horse, the other defendant in the case, will enter his plea in District Court on September 4th.
Both men if convicted, face a possible 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.