A judge will decide the sentence for a central Indiana man authorities say killed a friend and stuffed the body inside an unplugged freezer.
The amended deal accepted by Howard Circuit Judge Lynn Murray on Wednesday leaves the sentencing of Walter Logan, 53, of Kokomo to her discretion, the Kokomo Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/15o8i8B ). The original plea agreement called for a maximum 20-year sentence.
The deal calls for Logan to plead guilty to reckless homicide and cocaine possession charges in the November slaying of Alex Shipp, 29. Prosecutors agreed to drop murder and criminal confinement charges against Logan.
Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Peelle said Shipp's family members agreed to the terms of the plea agreement, the newspaper reported.
Murray tentatively set sentencing for Nov. 6.
Police were looking for Shipp in early December after his mother told them she hadn't heard from him in nearly a month. Officers who went to Logan's house found Shipp's badly decomposed but intact body in a freezer that was not plugged in.
Court documents say Logan told investigators that he and Shipp had known each other for about two years and had a sexual relationship. He said the men got drunk, did drugs and had sex. Afterward, Logan said Shipp became belligerent and wanted to fight, but Logan bound Shipp's hands and feet and placed duct tape over his nose and mouth.
Logan told investigators he tried to kill himself with pills and wrote a suicide note, but he fell asleep before he could finish writing it. When Logan woke up, Shipp appeared to be dead. Logan removed the tape from Shipp's face before going back to sleep, court documents say.
After he awoke again, Logan allegedly waited about six hours and then carried Shipp's body to the basement, where he stuffed it inside the freezer, documents say. When police came to Logan's home about 50 miles north of Indianapolis, he led them to the freezer.
Information from: Kokomo Tribune, http://www.ktonline.com