By Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - A man facing a murder charge in a Mandan homicide has pleaded guilty to a pair of related but less-serious charges.

Jonathan McKinney on Tuesday pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy and tampering with evidence after the January 2014 death of Alex Lansdon, who was shot to death in his home. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

McKinney’s trial on the murder charge is scheduled to begin Tuesday. He could face life in prison without parole if convicted.

McKinney’s co-defendant, Warren Pfetzer (FEHT’-zur), pleaded guilty Tuesday to tampering with evidence, criminal conspiracy and a weapons charge. A felony terrorizing count was reduced to a misdemeanor menacing charge.

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