MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Virginia man charged in a 2015 strangling death case in West Virginia has taken a plea agreement.

The Journal of Martinsburg quotes prosecutor John Lehman as saying the Monday plea deal for 51-year-old Tommie Lee Cummings, of Arlington, Virginia, was developed with the help of the victim’s family and the Martinsburg police department. Cummings was arrested in 2015 for the slaying of Edward Arthur Young Jr.

Under the plea deal, Cummings would enter an Alford plea on a charge of second-degree murder, which means he will maintain his innocence while acknowledging prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him. This would lead to a sentence of 20 years in prison with the possibility of parole under certain conditions.

Cummings will be sentenced March 5.


Information from: The Journal, http://journal-news.net/

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