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Murder suspect takes plea deal

By KSL.com | Posted - Oct. 29, 2010 at 8:22 a.m.


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OGDEN -- A man scheduled to stand trial for killing two prostitutes in Ogden has accepted a plea deal, which will spare him the possibility of receiving the death penalty.

Jacob Ethridge, 32, pleaded guilty Thursday in 2nd District Court to two charges of aggravated murder, according to the Standard-Examiner. He also pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer while in custody.

Prosecutors claim Ethridge admitted to fatally shooting Teresa Rene Tingey, 43, and Rosanna Marie Cruz, 25, in Ogden in July 2008. Ogden police said the women, who worked as prostitutes, were shot after being solicited by Ethridge.

He will be sentenced Dec. 13. The plea deal cancels a trial set to begin Monday. Prior to the plea deal, he faced the death penalty if convicted.

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