Suspects enter guilty plea in attempted murder of James Mallory

Suspects enter guilty plea in attempted murder of James Mallory

Brandon Bartee and William O'Bannon pleaded guilty to facilitation to criminal attempted murder, facilitation to robbery in the first degree and possession of a fire arm by a felon, and agreed to testify against a third suspect in the attempted murder of James Mallory.

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 11, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 12 at 4:12 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- On Monday two men charged with trying to kill a police informant changed their pleas from not guilty to guilty in a Jefferson County court.

William O'Bannon and Brandon Bartee made the change to take a deal from the Commonwealth.

In exchange for testimony against Kendra Wilson, the Commonwealth agreed to drop first degree assault charges against William O’Bannon and Brandon Bartee. Police believe Wilson tried to kill informant, James Mallory, to stop him from testifying in a separate trial.

Both men pleaded guilty to facilitation to criminal attempted murder, facilitation to robbery in the first degree and possession of a fire arm by a felon

O’Bannon will spend 13 years behind bars and Bartee will spend seven years in prison.

As a part of the plea deal both men also agreed to testify in the murder trial against James Mallory, Anthony Hogan Jr., and Cannon Pendergrass.

Mallory, Hogan, and Pendergrass have been indicted in the murder of Kendra Wilson's 15-year-old son, Gregory Holt Jr.

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