I'd like to know how he "settled out of court" on a criminal case.<quoted text>
Don't be stupid, you moron.
If a guy is in a car, and you smash the windshield with a club, that's an assault on the guy, and the club is a deadly weapon.
That's what you said you did.
You slipped through on a technicality.
Do the police in the US actually hand the contact details of the victims to their alleged asailant? Seems a little unsafe to me.