Thu., 9:38am: Geauga County cold case ends with guilty plea

CHARDON – A northeast Ohio man has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder in the seemingly random slaying of a 17-year-old boy struck with the door of a passing car and then beaten with a pipe.

Twenty-six-year-old Dustin Plottke of Rome Township in Ashtabula County pleaded guilty Wednesday in the death of Daniel Swan.

A prosecutor will recommend a sentence of life in prison with parole eligibility after 25 years.

Swan’s body was found along a Geauga County road in July 2010.

A companion who pleaded guilty to complicity said Plottke opened the passenger door and hit Swan, then urged him to go back. He said Plottke hit Swan with a pipe.

Investigators got a break last year with evidence developed when a suspect was arrested for an unrelated crime.