WOOSTER — An Orrville man on Friday pleaded guilty to a total of 20 felony charges, including the attempted murder of two Wooster police officers, stemming from a 16-hour manhunt last December that began at the Wooster Walmart and ended in West Virginia.

James “Bubba” Schmidt, 34, accepted a plea agreement that includes mandatory prison time and could send him to prison for up to 50 years. He pleaded guilty to: two counts of attempted murder, three counts of felonious assault, two counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle, four counts of vandalism and one count each of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, abduction, failure to comply, having a weapon while under disability, tampering with evidence, improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle, aggravated menacing and attempted aggravated burglary.

With Schmidt’s guilty plea, Judge Corey Spitler convicted Schmidt on those counts. Eight of the charges include firearm specifications, which carry a mandatory three-year prison term. The attempted aggravated burglary charge also carries a firearm specification with a one-year mandatory prison sentence. As part of the plea agreement, the prosecution dismissed an additional 23 charges against Schmidt.

Schmidt is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 14, according to online court records.

At Schmidt’s plea hearing Friday, Angela Poth-Wypasek, first assistant prosecuting attorney, said the state recommends a 50-year prison sentence.

Schmidt’s lawyer, Akron-based defense attorney Jonathan Sinn, said his client will argue for a sentence closer to the minimum of about 19 years in prison.

“I don’t disagree with anything the prosecutor said, but obviously they take one position respective to what sentence is appropriate in this case, and the defense takes a very different position,” Sinn said. “We are going to ask for a sentence much different than the 50 years the state is asking for. In fact, we think a sentence more towards the minimum than the maximum may be something the court feels good with after you have chance to look at the pre-sentence investigation.”

Spitler ordered a pre-sentence investigation, including victim impact statements, before the Dec. 14 sentencing hearing.

Multiple Wooster police officers and Wayne County Sheriff’s Office deputies attended the hearing Friday morning. Both agencies were involved in the pursuit of Schmidt, which began in the early morning hours of Dec. 5, 2017. Court records show that Wooster police officers got a tip that Schmidt, who had warrants for his arrest, was at Walmart on Wooster’s North End. Officers found him to Walmart around 1:30 a.m.

Schmidt then got into a car that drove away. Court records show that Schmidt was hanging out of the passenger’s window of the vehicle, firing at Wooster officers pursuing him, eventually disabling one police cruiser and firing at two other officers after the car he was in crashed in a field on McQuaid Road.

Schmidt fled on foot from there, eventually stealing a car from a McQuaid Road residence and going south. He was spotted shortly before 5 a.m. at a Walmart in Coshocton. Guernsey County Sheriff’s deputies later found the car they believe Schmidt used to flee Wayne County burning in the woods near Red Fox Road in Jackson Township at noon.

Authorities believe Schmidt stole another vehicle from a Guernsey County resident before continuing south to West Virginia, where police eventually apprehended him Gallipolis Ferry around 5 p.m. that day.

— Reporter Jack Rooney can be reached at 330-287-1645 or jrooney@the-daily-record.com. He is on Twitter at twitter.com/RooneyReports.