- 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.


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

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