- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) - A handyman has pleaded guilty in the 1998 abduction and killing of a 60-year-old woman in Connecticut.

Gerald Brian Tuttle pleaded guilty Tuesday under the Alford doctrine to manslaughter and kidnapping charges.

Under the plea, Tuttle is not admitting guilt but acknowledges the state probably has enough evidence to convict him.

The 54-year-old Tuttle had long been a suspect in the killing of Gertrude “Trudy” Ochankowski.

Ochankowski was abducted from a laundromat in East Hampton and strangled. Her body was found in a nearby brook. Tuttle lived above the laundromat at the time and had a rape conviction on his record.

Tuttle was arrested in South Carolina three years ago based on DNA analysis.

He’s scheduled to be sentenced in December.


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