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Beloit man agrees to plea deal in roommate’s stabbing death

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) — A 73-year-old Beloit man has agreed to a plea deal in the stabbing death of his roommate nearly four years ago.

Percy Oliver was scheduled to stand trial on Monday for the murder of 51-year-old David Banks. But the defense attorney Jason Sanders tells the Beloit Daily News that his client “had a change of heart” and agreed to plead no contest on Thursday to second-degree reckless homicide and the use of a dangerous weapon.

Oliver had faced a charge of first-degree reckless homicide.

Banks was stabbed and thrown from a fire escape in June 2015. The case had been delayed several times over questions about Oliver’s physical and mental health.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 15. Oliver is faced with a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

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