One of the four people charged in the brutal attack of senior citizen inside the Dillard's parking garage at the Mall at Green Hills pleaded guilty to especially aggravated robbery Thursday morning.
Robert Tice Jr., 21, faced especially aggravated robbery charges stemming from the March 3 incident in which Robert DeMoss, 63, was savagely beaten with a baseball bat.
Police at the time said they believed Tice was the person who beat DeMoss. Tice is the first of the four to enter a plea in the case.
The driver of the car, Johnathon Harris, 18, of Chamberlin Street, a passenger, Catherine Mills, 18, of Disspayne Drive, and Brittany Bannister, 19, of Snyder Drive, also face especially aggravated robbery charges.
DeMoss suffered serious injuries and a lengthy hospital stay after the attack. He was not able to attend the hearing Thursday.
Tice was released from prison in January after serving three years for burglary in Sumner County, police said.