BARDSTOWN, Kentucky — A Bullitt County man has accepted a plea deal in the death of his niece, who disappeared from her driveway more than 15 years ago.
The Courier-Journal reports 56-year-old Stanley Dishon entered an Alford plea Thursday to first-degree manslaughter in the 1999 death of 17-year-old Jessica Dishon. In an Alford plea, a defendant doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges there is sufficient evidence for conviction.
He was originally charged with murder.
WLKY-TV said the prosecution recommended a 20-year sentence. Sentencing is in March.
A retired judge mediated the agreement between Bullitt County prosecutor Mike Ferguson and Dishon's attorney, Melanie Foote Hollingsworth.
A neighbor was charged with killing Dishon in 2001 but was freed a couple of years later when a judge declared a mistrial, and the charges were dismissed.