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