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Brandon Michael Phelps reaches plea deal

Updated: Thursday, April 3 2014, 06:09 PM EDT

BELMONT  COUNTY, Ohio - Brandon Michael Phelps has now entered two guilty pleas and could face a decade or more in prison.

Late Thursday afternoon Phelps plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated burglary in a case involving the death of 92-year-old Lydia Ashworth.  

The crimes happened in Bellaire in 2012. The guilty plea came just days before Phelps' jury trial was set to begin. Sentencing is set for Friday at 8 a.m. at the Belmont County Courthouse. Phelps is facing up to 10 years for each charge and has waived his right to appeal.

Another man, Devin Fuller is already serving a life sentence without parole for his role in the crime.


Brandon Michael Phelps reaches plea deal

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