Man pleads guilty to beating victim with toilet lid

Reported by: Samantha Boatman
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Updated: 5/20/2014 3:36 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- A man has pleaded guilty to beating another man with a ceramic toilet lid and then stealing his car.

Tuesday morning, James Mercanto pleaded guilty to robbery with a deadly weapon. The victim, Anthony Celesia, tells News 4 that Mercanto was his boss when the beating happened on Christmas Day of last year. He says Mercanto basically left him to die after the beating. Celesia also tells News 4 that he was handcuffed to the toilet.

Mercanto will be sentenced on July 24th and faces a maximum of 30 years in prison if the terms are served consecutively.

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