- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) - A 47-year-old man charged with murder in a 1988 southwestern Michigan slaying could be freed in about five years following a plea deal.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1VS0F5I ) attorneys worked out an agreement that allowed Junior Fred Blackston of Bangor to plead guilty last week to second-degree murder. He had appealed two earlier convictions and already was behind bars more than 15 years.

Sentencing is July 11. Blackston’s attorney and prosecutors announced the deal Tuesday that avoids a third trial.

Authorities say Blackston was among three men who lured 22-year-old Charles Paul Miller of Bangor into a marijuana field in Allegan County’s Lee Township, shot him in the back of the head because of a drug debt and buried his body. Arrests first were made in the case in 2000.


Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, https://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo

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