Vegas teen pleads as an adult guilty to punching and choking a teacher

A Las Vegas teenager pleaded guilty as an adult to choking his high school teacher with a rope or cord. The boy could get decades in prison.

A Las Vegas teen pleaded guilty Wednesday as an adult to felony charges, which could land him in prison for decades. He was accused of attacking a High School Teacher and knocking her out in a class a year earlier.

The teacher was hospitalized after the incident. Allegations of sexual assault were made. It brought attention to the sharp increase in violence in the Clark County School district, which is the fifth largest in the country.

Due to the defendant’s age, The Associated Press will not name him. He is now 17 and pleaded guilty for attempted murder, attempted sex assault, and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury. The pleas he entered avoided a trial at Clark County District Court.


AP’s emails to the public defenders representing the boy were not immediately answered.

The Chief Deputy Clark County district attorney William Rowles confirmed the plea deal. He told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he intended to seek a maximum sentence of up to 55 years at the sentencing on June 5.

A sign is displayed outside Eldorado high school in Las Vegas, on April 8, 2022. A Las Vegas high school student has pleaded to adult guilt for attacking his teacher. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun, via AP File)

Las Vegas Police said that the boy approached the teacher at Eldorado High School to discuss his grades. He then punched and choked her until she was unconscious, before fleeing. A school employee located the teacher, called police and requested medical assistance.

Investigators were told by the teacher that a teen had approached her at her desk, choked her with a cord or rope from behind and then pulled a filing cabinet and bookcase down on her.

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The student told detectives in a police report that he didn’t know what prompted him to attack her. She was nice to him.

The ROTC student was arrested two hours after his mother had driven him to the campus for an award ceremony.

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