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April 4, 2013

Woman pleads guilty to second-degree murder in connection with death of Princeton man

PRINCETON — A Mercer County woman pleaded guilty Thursday to a lesser charge of second-degree murder in connection with the March 2011 death of a Princeton man .

Tammy Keen, 39, of Princeton, was arrested in August 2012 and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Timothy DeWitt of Princeton. Keen had previously agreed to plead guilty to second-degree murder. She entered a plea of guilty to the second-degree murder charge Thursday afternoon before Circuit Court Judge William Sadler.

The charge carries a possible sentence of 40 years. Keen also pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years. Keen faces a determinant sentence of 50 years. She would not be eligible for parole until almost 17 years are served.

Sadler set a sentencing date for April 29.

DeWitt’s body was found March 2011 off Eads Mill Road near Bluestone Falls in an area known as the gorge.

For more about today’s plea hearing, visit www.bdtonline or read Friday’s Daily Telegraph.

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