Maine machete attack suspect asks to withdraw plea

Posted Nov. 18, 2009, at 10:31 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A 19-year-old Augusta man wants to withdraw his guilty pleas in a vicious machete attack on a father and daughter in their rural Pittston home.

Leo Hylton pleaded guilty in May to three counts of attempted murder and other charges in connection with the May 2008 home invasion and attack on William Guerrette Jr. and his 10-year-old daughter. Hylton’s co-defendant has pleaded not guilty.

The Kennebec Journal says Hylton’s attorney told Justice Nancy Mills on Tuesday that Hylton didn’t have appropriate legal advice or fully understand the charges when he pleaded guilty.

At the time, Hylton was represented by Robert Ruffner. He requested and was granted a different attorney in September.

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