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Man charged in triple slaying accepts plea deal

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office

News outlets report that Skyler Allen pleaded guilty to three counts of facilitation of first-degree murder as part of the plea agreement. He could have faced a life sentence if convicted at trial.

Posted: Feb 13, 2018 4:04 PM

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A man charged in a 2014 triple slaying has accepted a plea deal that'll send him to prison for 15 years.

News outlets report that Skyler Allen pleaded guilty to three counts of facilitation of first-degree murder as part of the plea agreement. He could have faced a life sentence if convicted at trial.

Prosecutors have long said Allen helped his friend, Derek Morse, shoot and kill three men outside of a trailer home in 2014. Jurors convicted Morse and sentenced him to life without parole.

Melydia Clewell, a spokeswoman for Hamilton County District Attorney General Neal Pinkston, said Monday that securing a conviction against Allen would have been much more difficult than it was with Morse.

Jacob Allison faces several charges. His next court date is in April.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

2/13/2018 3:46:23 PM (GMT -6:00)

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