A Ramona man pleaded guilty Thursday to placing a rattlesnake in a box and leaving it for his mother.
Marvin Howard Pruitt II, 28, pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon--the snake--upon Bernice Eldridge, 51, on Aug. 4.
Pruitt faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison. San Diego Superior Court Judge J. Richard Haden set sentencing for Nov. 20 and dismissed an attempted murder charge.
Meanwhile, Pruitt's accomplice, David Paul Pocock, 19, of Ramona, pleaded innocent Wednesday to conspiracy to commit attempted murder, attempted murder, and assault with a deadly weapon.
Pocock is alleged to have captured the rattlesnake and helped Pruitt in cutting off its rattle before placing it in a box.