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Sentencing set for April 17

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Thomas KnappThomas Knapp, 18, was arraigned on a new indictment March 12, in the Jefferson County Circuit Court, in connection with the shooting of his girlfriend in November.

Knapp and his attorney, Frederick Bennett, accepted an agreement for Knapp to be charged with five counts: attempted murder with a firearm, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, third-degree assault and unlawful used of a weapon.

The defendant entered pleas of not guilty, and Judge Dan Ahern set April 17, at 3 p.m., for change of plea and sentencing.

Originally charged with first-, second- and third-degree assault, and unlawful use of a weapon for shooting his girlfriend, Jessica Haynes, 23, of Madras, in the face, the new indictment added an attempted murder with a firearm charge.

Knapp, who shared an apartment with Haynes, is alleged to have shot her in the face with a 9 mm handgun just after 10 p.m. on Nov. 30, 2013.

Madras police officers responded to the apartment and arrested Knapp, who has been in custody since then, with security set at $150,000.

After the shooting, Haynes, who was seriously injured, was transported by Air Life to St. Charles Bend, and has been receiving medical care since the incident.

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