Teen who tweeted about assault drops motion to change plea

POSTED: 9:24 PM Feb 11 2014
CHICO, Calif. -

A teen who admitted to punching another man in the face and then bragging about it on Twitter dropped the motion to change his plea Tuesday morning.

Rodney Freeman pleaded guilty to punching Daniel Chesterman last February in Chico causing serious injuries.

Freeman entered his guilty plea in August, and thought he had enough evidence to change his plea.

His attorney said he doesn't, meaning he could be facing a few years in state prison.

“The results of my investigation, there were neither statutory nor non-statutory grounds that would arise to the level necessary for the court to legitimately allow him to withdraw his plea,” said Freeman’s attorney, Mark Stapleton.

Chico police initially ruled the incident as mutual combat until we found Freeman’s tweet he wrote hours after the attack saying: "I literally collapsed half of someone's face last night #news of the day."

This tweet led to Freeman's arrest.

Freeman will be sentenced for this crime.

“It's just a relief,” said Daniel’s father, David Chesterman. “We have had so much bad news over the last year, and to hear this is finally going come to some conclusion, it's just a huge relief for us.”

Daniel and the rest of his family have experienced extreme heartbreak this past year.

First it was this incident, and then Daniel’s sister Kristina was killed by an alleged drunk driver off Nord Avenue.

“I was really pleased that it's finally going to be resolved in one way or another,” said Chesterman.

Daniel had surgery on his face after the punch. He needed four plates and several screws.

David Chesterman said Daniel hasn't fully healed.

“There are three different issues they have to correct on his nose, his nasal passage, and around his eye. There are still problems,” said Chesterman.

Freeman declined to comment Tuesday morning.

He is scheduled to be sentenced in March, and could face up to three years in state prison or five year felony probation.