Cortez, Colo. (AP) - A 22-year-old man accused of killing and
dismembering his sexually abusive father will spend three years in
prison after pleading guilty in an agreement with prosecutors.
Jeremiah Raymond Berry plead guilty to manslaughter and menacing
Friday during an emotional court hearing in which family members
and attorneys described him as a troubled young man who was the
victim of years of abuse.
Berry had been charged with second-degree murder for the
February 2008 death of his father, 42-year-old Jack Berry. Jeremiah
Berry had faced 48 years in prison if he had been convicted of that
charge in Montezuma County.
Prosecutors say Jeremiah Berry shot his father in the head, and then dismembered his corpse to feed parts of it to coyotes.
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