- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - A Brighton Township man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and mutilating a body in a 2011 death.

Thirty-year-old George Tanner entered the plea Tuesday in Livingston County. He admitted to beating 40-year-old Christopher Townsend, strangling him and burning his body in October 2011.

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that a confession Tanner made to police in 2011 would be admissible in court. The ruling said police don’t have to notify a crime suspect that a lawyer is waiting to help.

The plea deal includes a sentence agreement that Tanner serves life in prison for the murder charge, but a judge doesn’t have to abide by the deal. Sentencing is set for November.

Another man is serving life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the case.


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