SPOKANE, Wash.-- "Sometimes deals with the devil just have to be made," said Spokane Co. Prosecuting Attorney Steve Tucker on Friday when asked about reaching a plea deal with murderer Avondre Graham .
A judge on Thursday sentenced Graham, 18, to 123 months (ten years) in prison for the 2012 stabbing death of Sharlotte McGill. Graham admitted to detectives he hit McGill with a large rock and then stabbed her several times.
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Tucker said the plea deal had been in the works for weeks.
The plea deal is something McGill's neighbors said they are struggling to understand.
"She doesn't have ten years to do anything, so I don't think that's long enough," said neighbor Kim Campbell.
However, KREM 2 News learned that the sentence could be even shorter. Graham can accrue time to potentially be deducted from his sentence if he behaves while in prison according to Tucker. He estimated that 15% of Graham’s sentence could be knocked off if he has no disciplinary issues. Graham could be released within nine years if that is the case.
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Tucker said Graham will be sent to a facility in Shelton to be evaluated. The process takes 30 to 60 days according to Tucker. Graham will likely serve his sentences at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.
Graham will likely have a plea and sentencing for a separate attack on Debbie Watkins according to prosecutors. The attack on Watkins ultimately led to Graham’s arrest. The sentencing for the attack could tack another year to Graham’s sentence.