A Klamath Falls man is headed to prison for nearly six years for his role in a brutal assault.
29 year old Daryle Dean Colbert pled 'guilty' to charges of second-degree assault late Tuesday afternoon.
The charges stem from an assault on Brian Tackitt at a south suburban trailer park that happened in November of 2011.
Colbert testified that he and two friends intended to burglarize Tackitt's home, and Tackitt answered the door...
"So I punched him." Testified Colbert. "We wrestled around on the ground, he ended up on top of me. My co-defendant, guy I was with came in, hit him with a maglight on the head, knocked him out. Hit him repeatedly, actually."
"He was hit hard enough that it split his skull." Said Klamath County Deputy District Attorney Mark Costello. "It broke his bones. He tried to cover his head, and lost part of a finger - he was hit so hard, with whatever it was."
Colbert's pleas was made as part of a negotiated agreement.
Judge Marci Adkisson noted that Colbert was lucky he's not facing more serious charges...
"It's very fortunate for you, and certainly fortunate for Mr. Tackitt, because he could be dead and you could be facing murder charges."
Co-defendants Steven Wise and J.D. Cobb were placed on probation earlier this year for their roles in the crime.
Colbert must submit to three years of post-prison supervision upon his release.
Victim Brian Tackitt was not in the courtroom for the change of plea hearing.