A Chesterfield Township man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges he robbed and stabbed a McDonald's customer in the drive-thru lane last winter.
Roland Lee Moore Jr., 36, pleaded to one count of assault with great bodily harm less than murder and armed robbery before Macomb Circuit Judge David Viviano, according to court records.
The plea took place on the first day of his scheduled trial in Mount Clemens and followed his initial rejection of a deal last month. Under the agreement, Moore is to serve between 12 and 25 years, the records show. He faced up to life imprisonment upon conviction of the charges.
He is scheduled for sentencing at 9 a.m. Feb. 26.
"There was some forensic evidence that was not in favor to him," his lawyer Randy Rodnick told Patch last month of the reason for seeking a deal.
The case stems from a Jan. 31, 2012, attack in the McDonald's restaurant at 23 Mile Road near Interstate 94.
At a preliminary exam last February, Donna Fulton testified she was ordering food around 10:30 p.m. before work when a man leaned into her 2008 Jeep Commander in the drive-thru lane.
During the assault, the suspect stabbed her repeatedly in the hand before he made off with her laptop and her bag with personal items and papers. The laptop was later recovered and she suffered deep cuts to her hand.
"I did see a small silver knife—almost like a pocket knife," she testified. "He kept trying to stab me so I kept trying to defend myself. ... I was scared," Fulton said.
A Good Samaritan chased after the thief with a bat in attempt to stop him but to no avail.
Moore led authorities on a multi-day manhunt following the Chesterfield Township crime. Township police, along with the County of Macomb Enforcement Team, also known as COMET, Roseville police, U.S. Marshals Service and the Department of Corrections took him into custody Feb. 3, 2012, without incident as he left a gas station at 9 Mile and Schoenherr.
He has been a parole absconder since November 2011. His extensive criminal background includes assault with a dangerous weapon, fleeing police, drug charges and resisting and obstructing police, according to authorities.