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Homicide defendant avoids Oneida County trial

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) — An Oneida County man accused in a 2003 homicide has avoided a trial by reaching a plea deal.

Shannon Wolf was found guilty in the case after conceding the state had enough evidence to convict him, but admitting no wrongdoing. He entered an Alford plea Monday to party to second-degree intentional homicide. He was initially charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Kenneth Wells.

The victim’s body was found in the Wisconsin River. A medical examiner said drowning probably caused Wells’ death, but the manner was undetermined.

According to a criminal complaint, Wells was hit with a rock and pushed into the river.

Wolf’s ex-wife, Latoya Wolf, was also charged in the case. She pleaded no contest to participating in the homicide and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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