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Ohio man pleads guilty in neighbor beheading



Published: Thu, October 15, 2009 @ 8:59 p.m.

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio man has admitted that he killed and beheaded his neighbor in a mobile home park.

William Perry of North Canton pleaded guilty in Stark County Common Pleas Court to aggravated murder today in a plea deal that will spare him the death penalty.

Perry was accused in the death of 34-year-old Brett Smith, who was found decapitated last October. Authorities say Smith died of asphyxiation.

Perry was initially arrested on a charge accusing him of damaging the electric meter on Smith’s property. Smith also had filed a complaint with police alleging Perry hit him in the face.

The plea deal calls for the 41-year-old Perry to get a life sentence and waive all of his appeals.


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