(BELGRADE, Serbia) -- A Serbian man who fled to his home country after beating a New York college student into a coma pleaded guilty to the crime Monday, and his lawyer left open the possibility that he could testify against Serb diplomats who helped him escape from the U.S. "I am guilty," Miladin Kovacevic told Judge Ivana Ramic in a hearing today in a Belgrade court room. The hearing was scheduled for a time after Kovacevic passed an exam at the law school he is attending. Kovacevic initially faced a possible eight years in jail, but under a deal, he will receive a two-year sentence. He was charged with inflicting "severe bodily harm with possible deadly consequences." Two additional charges will be dismissed. Kovacevic's lawyer, Borivoje Borovic, did not rule out that Kovacevic could testify against Serb diplomats who have been charged with abusing their positions when they hastily issued travel documents to Kovacevic after the assault. Two former Serbian diplomats, Slobodan Nenadovic and Igor Milosevic, pleaded not guilty on Sept. 16 to charges of abusing their positions. They are scheduled to go on trial Oct. 18.
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