Christopher Wheeler pleads no contest

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - Christopher Wheeler, 20, pleaded no contest to felony 2nd degree assault in Douglas County District Court.  A use of a weapon charge was dismissed.  Wheeler was set to go to trial in a few weeks.  He faces 0-20 years in prison.

In Feb. 2017, Wheeler went into a Creighton student’s dorm room and asked for Dana. When told there was no one by that name he said, “sorry to bother you.”  As they headed for the door Wheeler slit the girl’s throat with a knife and fled.

Defense attorney Steve Lefler says hazing was the reason behind the bizarre behavior.  He says Wheeler was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at Creighton and that Wheeler voluntarily drank alcohol and smoked marijuana, but believes either the drugs or alcohol were laced with an unknown substance.  Phi Kappa Psi has been suspended at the university until 2025.

Lefler says Wheeler is attending college in Kansas.

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