Patrick Kearns Leach, 29, was arrested in Malibu, California in January, 2013 after allegedly shooting his neighbour in the chest following an argument.

He was charged with attempted murder the following month (Feb13), but it appears prosecutors have since reduced the crime - he now stands accused of one count each of assault with a firearm and shooting from a vehicle, according to the Los Angeles Times.

His sentencing is scheduled for 29 June (15).

Sheryl Leach was one of the brains behind the popular U.S. children's show about the famous titular purple dinosaur and his pals.