- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) - A man charged in a 2008 Grand Chute homicide has been found guilty after a last-minute plea deal during trial.

Post-Crescent Media reports (https://post.cr/1o8DzqV ) that hours before the jury was supposed to begin deliberation Thursday in his second trial, Michael Potts accepted the deal and was found guilty of an amended charge of first-degree reckless homicide.

District Attorney Carrie Schneider attorneys came to the last-minute agreement during the jury’s lunch break Thursday.

Prosecutors will recommend a 28-year prison sentence, although Judge Mark McGinnis could still impose the maximum 40-year sentence. McGinnis also found Potts guilty of possessing a firearm as a felon and jumping bail.

Potts said he was thankful and happy. Defense attorney Jeffrey Jazgar said Potts was at peace with the decision after six years.

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Information from: Post-Crescent Media, https://www.postcrescent.com


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