Former CIA contractor Raymond Davis pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault in fight over parking spot
Millions paid to free Raymond Davis from Pakistan
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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. - A former CIA contractor involved in a fatal shootout in Pakistan and then charged with a felony in Colorado after a fight over a parking space has pleaded guilty Friday to misdemeanor assault.
The charges against Raymond Allen Davis stem from a fight outside a Highlands Ranch bagel shop in October 2011, about six months after Davis' release from Pakistan.
Davis and another man were fighting over a parking spot outside an Einstein Bros. Bagel shop in the Highlands Ranch Town Center.
The other driver, Jeff Maes,told 7NEWS that he had pulled into a parking spot when Davis pulled up behind him and started shouting.
"I said, 'You need to relax.' And he got out of the car," Maes said.
"When I got hit, I went back, I hit my back straight on the concrete and then, I don't know, I must've got up. I looked, he's standing there and I got up to defend myself and it started again," Maes said.
Maes said his daughters, who were 6 and 8 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. He said Maes may have injured himself by allegedly trying to tackle Davis during the altercation.
Davis was initially charged with felony assault, misdemeanor disorderly conduct, and a sentencing enhancing charge of crime of violence.
However, 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.
Maes' attorney, Larry Klayman, classified the fight as a "brutal attack" and said he opposes the plea, which calls for no jail time. Maes said he still wants an apology from Davis but he hasn't gotten it.
Davis' attorney said Davis plans to return to Washington D.C. area soon for work and asked the judge to grant Davis permission to carry a weapon. The judge agreed and has allowed Davis to carry a gun for work.
Davis, the so-called the "Highlands Ranch Rambo," was jailed in a Pakistani prison on Jan. 27, 2011 after he shot and killed two Pakistani men as he sat in his car.
Davis said he shot the two men in self-defense as they tried to rob him. He claimed the two men attacked him as he drove through a busy Lahore neighborhood.
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," which was paid by the United States government.
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