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Columbus man pleads no contest to manslaughter in fatal stabbing of his grandmother in 2014


COLUMBUS, Nebraska — A Columbus man has pleaded no contest to manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of his grandmother in 2014.

The Columbus Telegram reports (http://bit.ly/1eYfGQk ) 20-year-old Chase Micklevitz entered the plea Monday. It means he neither admits nor disputes the charge.

Micklevitz's murder trial for the death of 58-year-old Deanna Micklevitz was scheduled to begin in July. He was initially charged with second-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, but they were dropped as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

Police say Micklevitz stabbed his grandmother four times last summer with a kitchen knife. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Micklevitz is scheduled to be sentenced on July 31.

Information from: Columbus Telegram, http://www.columbustelegram.com

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