Of course he can, whether he will or not is another question entirely.
No-one can tell you what will happen in a criminal case. There are no crystal balls and no one has true insight into the future. (I assure you that if I could tell you whether or not your friend would win his case then I would instead use that "power" to pick 6 lucky numbers, plus a power ball, and I'd be on my mega-yacht in the Mediterranean hosting the Swedish bikini team in a champagne drinking contest.)
I suspect that its going to be very difficult, if not impossible, for you to get an answer to your question on line as the decision of whether or not to go to trial is personal, most serious and can only be made after careful analysis and consideration of all of the facts and circumstances. Your friend needs representation and when he gets it he should listen carefully to what his lawyer says. His charges are, in and of themselves, quite serious, but he may also qualify as a prison release reoffender which would trigger minimum mandatory sentencing.
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