Wednesday, November 7, 2012
A Manhattan man pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in the death of a man whose body was found along a dirt road in December 2011.
Twenty-year-old Michael Layne accepted the plea deal Tuesday in the death of 31-year-old Steve Freel. He also pleaded no contest to aggravated robbery and kidnapping.
Prosecutors say Freel and Layne committed several armed robberies together but had a falling out. That led Layne to drive Freel to a rural area near Manhattan and shoot him.
The Manhattan Mercury reports the state agreed to recommend a sentence of about 24 years in prison.
Last week, Layne's boss, Domingo Soto, was convicted of first-degree murder for providing Layne with the gun that he used to shoot Freel.