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Downs standoff case ends with plea agreement

7/19/2012

By The Hays Daily News

OSBORNE -- The three-day trial of a Downs man in connection with a standoff with police more than a year ago will not move ahead.

Instead, Matthew Thille, 22, is scheduled to be sentenced on a single count of attempted murder, part of a plea agreement reached earlier this month, according to published reports. His trial was scheduled to start Monday in Osborne County District Court.

Thille agreed to plead no contest to a single count of attempted murder, a charge that had been dismissed at a preliminary hearing. Five other charges, including four counts of attempted murder, were dismissed. Sentencing is set for Aug. 15 in Osborne County District Court.