WASHINGTON - Raymond Davis, a former CIA contractor, who gained international notoriety for shooting two Pakistanis to death in early 2011 and was then charged with a felony in Colorado after a fight over a parking space, has pleaded guilty Friday to misdemeanor assault.
The victim, Jeff Maes, said his daughters, who were six and eight at the time, cried after witnessing the fight but Maes didn’t learn until afterward that his alleged attacker also worked for the CIA.
“I thought to myself, he’s a pretty tough guy. I guess I’m somewhat grateful there’s five men that broke it up,” Maes said, adding that he spent most of that afternoon at Sky Ridge Medical Center.
Maes claims the fight injured his back and neck and is now suing Davis in civil court. Davis’ attorney, William Frankfurt, disputes the claim that Maes suffered a fractured vertebrae.
The media reports said on Friday, he pleaded to the reduced charge of third-degree assault.
Davis was sentenced to two years of probation, ordered to write a letter of apology and must attend anger management classes. He must also pay restitution but the amount has not been calculated.
In Pakistan, where Davis work as a contractor, said he shot the two men in self-defence as they tried to rob him. He claimed the two men attacked him as he drove through a busy Lahore neighbourhood.
He was charged with two counts of murder but then released in March 2011 after the families of the two Pakistanis he killed pardoned him in exchange for $2.3 million in compensation or ‘blood money’.