Hilyard Scott Pleads Guilty to Kidnapping in Attack on State Representative Frank Pratt (After Bragging to Police About the Beating)
man who attacked state Representative Frank Pratt earlier this year -- and then bragged about the beating to police -- pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of kidnapping.
Hillyard Scott, 34, initially was charged with one count each of aggravated assault, kidnapping, robbery, burglary, and theft stemming from the Christmas Day attack.
Scott was arrested about a week after the incident for an unrelated -- although very similar -- crime that occurred in roughly the same area as the assault on Pratt.
According to court documents obtained by New Times, after the beating, during which Scott beat Pratt in the head before hog-tying him and stealing his Rolex and 2007 GMC Yukon, Scott picked up his girlfriend and drove her to the Circle K Motel in Phoenix.
He told her about the beating and said he'd pawned the watch for $900 -- money the couple would live on for the next several days.
The two were arrested after Phoenix police were called to an abandoned vehicle at the hotel, which just happened to be Pratt's Yukon. The vehicle led police to the couple, who were arrested.
Inside the SUV were shoe prints similar to those found in the blood at the scene of Pratt's beating. Those prints matched the Reeboks Scott was wearing at the time of his arrest.
Once in custody, Scott made statements that placed him at the scene of the crime. He told police that the victim (Pratt) appeared to be a rich man. Then, he told cops later, the "temperature" of his encounter with the representative changed, although, he would not give specifics as to what changed the "temperature."
Scott never admitted to beating Pratt, but while being fingerprinted by the Phoenix P.D., the dumbass bragged to officers, "Did you watch the news? Do you know what crime I committed?"
Scott's plea agreement suggests that he faces 12-15 years in prison when he's sentenced October 24.
Scott also faces aggravated assault and car-theft charges stemming from a December 22, incident, and aggravated domestic-violence and assault charges from a another attack on August 18.
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