One of two teens, originally charged with attempted murder of an Elk Island Youth Ranch worker, has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
At the court hearing earlier this week, the teen claimed he did not play a part in the attack on Heather Vanderzee, who was left with permanent brain damage and 96 screws in her face after the incident in Lamont last February.
He has, however, pleaded guilty to robbery of the vehicle which the two teens used to escape the ranch. He is also charged with two counts of breaching a youth sentence.
The teen will spend another 37 days in deferred custody, while a decision on the attacker's case is expected to be made by March 23.
Both of the teens have extensive criminal records; their names have been withheld due to their age.

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