BURLINGTON, Iowa — A Fort Madison man facing a first-degree murder change in the death of a Burlington man has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
The Hawk Eye newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/126ux4d ) Lenard "Ray" Polhans entered the guilty plea Friday to voluntary manslaughter in Des Moines County District Court.
The 42-year-old Polhans had been set to go on trial Tuesday in the June 1 shooting death of 35-year-old Marvin "Whitey" Sutton.
Besides the manslaughter plea, Polhans pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and agreed to pay $150,000 in restitution to Sutton's family.
Polhans has maintained he was acting in self-defense after Sutton hit him in the back with a hammer.
He will remain in jail without bond as he awaits sentencing.
Information from: The Hawk Eye, http://www.thehawkeye.com