PERU, Ind. (AP) — A judge has rejected a deal under which a Mississippi man was going to plead guilty to killing a northern Indiana woman more than 20 years ago.
Fifty-four-year-old Timothy Jimerson of D’Iberville, Miss., faced a 30-year sentence if the judge had accepted the plea agreement Thursday. That called for Jimerson to plead guilty to a voluntary manslaughter charge for the 1992 strangulation death of 27-year-old Toni Spicer in her Miami County home.
The Kokomo Tribune reports county Prosecutor Bruce Embrey argued that the plea agreement was the best chance of getting a conviction against Jimerson. He was arrested in 2012 after DNA testing linked him to the killing.
Spicer’s son and others argued against the plea agreement. Judge Tim Spahr said he believed the attack merited a longer sentence.