Accused murderer takes plea deal, saves taxpayers money

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Updated Friday, May 16 at 9:42 AM

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -- A man charged with murder is taking a plea deal - a move expected to save taxpayers thousands of dollars.

Joseph Gillespie was one of several people charged with murdering a man back in March. Detectives said the suspects beat and shot the victim before setting his body on fire. Authorities said the killing was over drugs.

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Records showed the body was dumped near Tum Tum. Prosecutors said Gillespie was offered a deal this week. The murder charge was reduced to assault. Gillespie’s defense attorney said avoiding trials saves a lot of money.

“Between housing him here in Spokane County, both sides, prosecution and defense - tens of thousands. There is no doubt,” said Attorney Robert Cossey.

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Prosecutors said Gillespie would likely serve a sentence in the 13-year range for his involvement in the murder.
 

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