A defendant in the motorcycle beating of Alexian Lien in New York has entered a guilty plea, reports the NY Daily News.
Prosecutors say Christopher Cruz is the cyclist who deliberately slowed down his bike in front of Lien to cause Lien to rear end him. Cruz pleaded to assault and riot charges. The judge sentenced him to four months in jail and five years probation. Cruz could have gotten seven years for felony assault.
The incident sparked a high speed chase and beating of Lien who ran over motorcyclist Edwin Mieses in an attempt to escape.
Cruz is the third defendant to enter a guilty plea. Charges are still pending against eight other defendants, including NYPD Det. Wojciech Braszczok.