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Defendant in 2008 homicide reaches plea deal

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — A man accused of running over another person with his car and dumping his body in a Marinette County stream has been convicted after reaching a plea deal.

Erik Smith was charged with reckless homicide and three other felonies in the 2008 death of Eric Volp. Smith was accused of running over the Iron Mountain, Mich., man with his car multiple times after an argument, then dumping his body in a trout stream.

Prosecutors say that while Smith was being held in federal prison on child pornography he told a cellmate he had killed Volp. That cellmate sent a letter to authorities and Smith was charged in January. WLUK-TV reports Smith pleaded guilty to three of the four felonies against him in Marinette County court on Tuesday. The fourth count was dismissed.

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