Prosecutors to reduce charges in NYC SUV assault

NEW YORK (AP) — Top charges are likely to be reduced against an off-duty undercover NYPD officer and nine other bikers charged in the highway beating of a SUV driver.

A prosecutor told a state Supreme Court judge in Manhattan Friday he'd move to lessen the first-degree assault and gang assault charges because the victim's injuries were healing. Those charges require permanent disfigurement.

Assistant District Attorney Joshua Steinglass says the bikers will instead likely face attempted assault and attempted gang assault charges. That means the men could face up to 15 years in prison instead of 25.

Eleven men were indicted in the Sept. 29 attack on a Manhattan highway. The driver was beaten and received stiches. He wasn't charged.

Prosecutors also offered plea deals Friday. None of the offers were immediately accepted.

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