Randy Howard avoided sentencing this morning when it was announced that he had just dismissed his court-appointed attorney in favor of a private attorney. According to Assistant District Attorney Andrew Gonzalez, if Howard fails to present a plea within 30 days, he could be sentenced to 10-20 years for the second strike offense.
Howard previously accepted a plea deal of 6 to 12 years at a preliminary hearing at District Judge Miles Bixler’s office in April to avoid a trial. Howard had the option of rejecting the plea deal before sentencing. He is charged with aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy in connection with the September 3, 2017 attack on a 61-year-old Columbia man on the 600 block of Walnut Street.