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Murder suspect pleads

Sara McManamy-Johnson • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:21 PM

Attorneys reached a final-hour plea agreement in the case of a Lebanon man accused of stabbing three people, killing one.

Timothy B. Anderson, 40, of Lebanon, pleaded guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter in the June 13, 2012 death of Lonnie Leftrick and two counts of aggravated assault in the stabbings of Kim Leftrick and Shane Leftrick.

“We reached the agreement late Friday afternoon, probably about 3:30 p.m.,” said Asst. District Attorney Howard Chambers.

The jury trial was due to begin Monday at 8:30 a.m.

Chambers said he was surprised that prosecution and defense were able to reach an agreement. He said it’s unusual in cases involving family members on both sides.

According to Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen, Lonnie Leftrick was Anderson’s wife’s uncle.

"Apparently, the suspect live[d] next door to members of his wife's family, and this is something that's been going on for a while,” Bowen told The Democrat shortly after the incident. "It was a family squabble, and there looks like there was some drinking going on and it just exploded," Bowen said.

Anderson’s attorney, Alan Poindexter, said Anderson stood a chance at winning the case had it gone to trial, but the risk was too great. Anderson faced one count of second-degree murder, one count of voluntary manslaughter, two counts of attempted second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

Had he been convicted on all charges, he faced a maximum sentence of up to 49 years in prison.

Under the plea agreement, Anderson was sentenced to eight years in prison for each of the three counts with the years to run concurrently, for an effective sentence of eight years.

As a Range II offender, or someone with multiple prior convictions, Anderson must serve at least 35 percent of the eight years before he is eligible for parole.

“It’s the first date he could become eligible; it doesn’t necessarily mean it would be granted,” said Chambers.

He said the final length of Anderson’s stay will ultimately be decided by the parole board.

“The court and our office no longer has control,” said Chambers.

Poindexter said the deal was about both sides eliminating risk.

“Any time you go to on trial, the defendant always has substantial risk,” said Poindexter. “This [trial] was one that I thought we had a good shot at, [but] we were pleased with the outcome.”

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