The defendant was charged with having committed two separate murders.
In the first case, Karen A. Connolly secured a complete dismissal of all charges.
In the second murder case, the State was seeking the death penalty.
Ms. Connolly and her co-counsel secured a plea deal for the defendant to the significantly reduced charge of second-degree murder. The defendant who was facing the death penalty may now reclaim his freedom after serving only 10 years in prison.