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Stafford Co. man convicted of 2nd-degree murder

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 12:29pm  ET

STAFFORD, Va. (AP) -- A Stafford County man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the 2007 slaying of another man.

The Free Lance-Star (http://bit.ly/1cqknJQ ) reports that 49-year-old Stuart Lee Sullivan Jr. entered an Alford plea on Wednesday in Stafford County Circuit Court. Sentencing is set for March 21, 2014.

An Alford plea means the defendant doesn't admit guilt but agrees that evidence is strong enough to convict them.

Stuart was charged in connection with the June 2007 fatal shooting of Jason Shane Plaster. Plaster's remains were found buried in March on property owned by Dennis Paul Benzie in White Oak.

A co-defendant, 44-year-old William Joseph Hughes, is charged with first- degree murder. His trial is set for Feb. 5, 2014.

Benzie is awaiting trial on drug-related charges.

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Information from: The Free Lance-Star, http://www.fredericksburg.com/


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