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Thu., 10:50am: Man wants to withdraw plea in Geauga slaying

February 6, 2014
Tribune Chronicle |

CHARDON - A northeast Ohio man has withdrawn his guilty plea in the 2010 slaying of a 17-year-old boy struck with the door of a passing car and then beaten with a pipe.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 had pleaded guilty to aggravated murder Jan. 22 in the killing of Daniel Swan, who died of head injuries weeks after being found lying along a road in Geauga County, east of Cleveland.

But The (Willoughby) News-Herald reports that Plottke filed a request this week to withdraw his guilty plea, claiming that he is really innocent.

A prosecutor said he is going to oppose the request. Plottke's sentencing was still set for Friday.

Plottke's co-defendant, 23-year-old Matthew Boone, was sentenced to 15 years to life in December.



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