- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - One of three Portland men accused of beating and kicking a man to death in his apartment has pleaded guilty to manslaughter under a plea deal.

Twenty-four-year-old Abil Teshome entered the plea Thursday in Portland. He accepted a deal that caps his maximum prison sentence at 20 years. A murder charge against him was dismissed.

A sentencing date hasn’t been set.

The agreement comes weeks before he was scheduled to stand trial July 11 in the death of 49-year-old Freddy Akoa of Portland. Police say Akoa suffered 22 rib fractures, cuts and bruises to his head and torso and a lacerated liver from the fatal Aug. 9, 2015, attack.

Thirty-two-year-old Osman Sheikh and 37-year-old Mohamud Mohamed have pleaded not guilty in Akoa’s death.

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