Man accused of rape pleads guilty to reduced charges

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WALLA WALLA — A man accused of trying to rape a woman at a local residence in November has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Brendan F. Nichols, 35, entered the guilty pleas Tuesday to three counts of fourth-degree assault for shoving police officers who responded to the call about 10:15 p.m. on Nov. 10.

The attempted rape charge was dropped and other initial counts reduced in exchange for his guilty pleas.

He faces up to a year in the County Jail when he’s sentenced later on the gross misdemeanors. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Joe Golden is recommending time-served from when Nichols was arrested until his release March 22 after $50,000 bail was posted.

Nichols initially was charged with second-degree attempted rape, third-degree assault, fourth-degree assault and two counts of harassment.

He allegedly tried to rape the woman with whom he is acquainted and struck a man — who tried to intervene — in the jaw. He also fought with the responding officers.

He allegedly admitted he had been using marijuana and cocaine, and was booked into the County Jail after being restrained at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

Golden said in an interview Tuesday he agreed to reduce the case because the victim of the alleged attempted rape “does not want to pursue this at all” and won’t cooperate in the investigation.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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