Iowa man reaches plea deal in Manchester slayings

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man accused of suggesting killing methods to a teenager who’s charged in his grandparents’ deaths has reached a plea deal.

Twenty-year-old Brandon Ahlers entered an Alford plea Tuesday to lesser charges in connection with the May 2012 shooting deaths of Richard and Janet Sweet of Manchester. Their grandson, 18-year-old Isaiah Sweet, faces first-degree murder charges.

An Alford plea means Ahlers doesn’t admit guilt but he acknowledges there is enough evidence to convict him.

The Telegraph Herald in Dubuque reports (http://bit.ly/11UQS3V ) Ahlers faces 18 years in prison if an Iowa district court judge approves the deal, which drops two counts of first-degree murder.

Ahlers is accused of suggesting ways to carry out the killings and trying to dispose of the gun police believe was used in the crime.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com

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