- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) - A central Kentucky man charged with murder in the beating death of his father has reached a plea agreement to reduced charges.

The News-Enterprise (https://bit.ly/2eJ2odY) reports that 28-year-old Joseph M. Blan, of Bonnieville, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree arson Tuesday in the November 2015 slaying of 54-year-old Carlus Blan.

Hardin County Coroner Dr. William Lee says the elder Blan was struck in the head and severely beaten. His body was found inside a burned mobile home near Big Clifty that his son was accused of setting on fire.

As part of the plea deal, Joseph Blan is receiving a 20-year sentence for each charge, which will run concurrently. He will not be eligible for parole until he serves 17 years. His formal sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 13.

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Information from: The News-Enterprise, https://www.thenewsenterprise.com


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