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Goodall Pleads Guilty to Murder Days Before Trial

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24-year-old Delonzo Goodall pleaded guilty to manslaughter just three days before his murder trial was set to start. He's charged in the beating death of 50-year-old Willie Young.

The Jackson County Prosecutor reduced the charge from second-degree murder to involuntary manslaughter in exchange for Goodall's plea on Friday.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Mark Blumer says there was no evidence that the killing of Young was premeditated. He says the case was difficult from the start since the victim's blood alcohol level was several times the legal limit. Plus, all of the witnesses had been drinking, too.

Blumer said while Goodall was directly responsible for Young's death, they will never be certain of the extent of the witnesses involvement as well.

Goodall faces a maximum of 22 and a half years in prison, which Blumer said is a sentence that provides justice for the victim.

Goodall will be sentenced February 7th.

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