Athens Man Pleads Guilty in Daughter's Death
ATHENS, Tenn. (WRCB/AP) - An East Tennessee man charged in the rape and murder of his 14-month-old daughter has pleaded guilty to lesser charges.
Mitchell Delashmitt pleaded guilty Wednesday to reckless homicide and child neglect, and was sentenced to time served, which was about some five years.
According to The Daily Post-Athenian, a plea bargain was reached before a jury was chosen.
Delashmitt was arrested in June 2003 after the body of his daughter, Angel, was found in a pond at his home in McMinn County. Delashmitt originally told officers she wandered away when he fell asleep while babysitting. He later gave another statement that led to the charges.
In 2007, the judge threw out Delashmitt's statement to investigators, saying they ignored his request for an attorney.
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