Man pleads guilty to skateboard attack |

Man pleads guilty to skateboard attack

Patrick Cronan, accused of assaulting a man with a skateboard, changed his plea to guilty today and faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison.

Cronan was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon after seriously injuring Josh Harkins of Grass Valley during a fight at Condon skate park June 7.

Cronan is incarcerated at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in lieu of $75,000 bail. He appeared in court today with his attorney Stephen Munkelt, his parents and siblings to enter his no contest plea.

Harkins was also present in court with his family. He wore a neck brace and reported his brain was still swollen from the trauma he suffered from the assault. He has lost the hearing in one ear, he said.

Harkins mother LouAnn Harkins said her son’s medical bills add up to more than $250,000. He spent two weeks in the hospital after the attack.

Harkins father Dan Harkins was upset by the prospect of a four-year maximum sentence.

“That’s bogus,” he yelled outside the courtroom. “My kid’s going to be affected for a long time. Four years is a joke.”

Cronan is scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 10 in Nevada County Superior Court.

Read Wedesday’s edition of The Union for the full story.

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