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New Hope man accepts plea agreement

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Landmark News Service

A New Hope man who killed a man will spend time in prison after plea-bargaining in mediation.

David Jerome Willett, 28, of New Hope, was initially charged with murder and second-degree persistent felony offender.

On Dec. 2, 2010, Willett stabbed Eric Douglas Stallard multiple times, killing him, according to court documents.

After going through a mediation process, the murder charge was amended to manslaughter and the persistent felony offender charge was dropped due to him pleading to manslaughter, said Chip McKay, assistant commonwealth’s attorney.

“We believed that there was evidence that, if it had gone to trial, that the victim may have been seen as violent with the defendant’s mother and sister,” he said. “The jury might believe that manslaughter might be more appropriate than murder.”

Willett is serving 15 years. He has to finish 85 percent of the 15 years before he is eligible to face the parole board.

“He is classified as a violent offender under Kentucky law,” McKay said.