Forest City man accused of attacking next door neighbor to plead guilty

FOREST CITY — A plea change hearing has been scheduled for a Forest City man accused of attacking his next door neighbor and later not cooperating with authorities.

33-year-old James Vaden is accused of entering the home of his next door neighbor in the 100 block of Wilson Way in Forest City on the evening of April 24th, where he allegedly assaulted a man, then went back to his home. Vaden was later arrested and is accused of kicking out a rear passenger and driver’s side window in the Forest City police car he was being transported in.

Vaden faced up to 16 years in prison after being charged with second-degree burglary, a Class C felony; second-degree criminal mischief, a Class D felony; and assault causing bodily injury, a serious misdemeanor.

Vaden’s trial was scheduled to start on July 10th, but online court records show Judge Karen Salic on Wednesday issued an order setting a plea change and sentencing hearing for July 17th.