3rd suspect in 1969 slaying of 15-year-old Tewksbury boy pleads guilty to manslaughter

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LOWELL, Massachusetts — The third suspect in the 1969 slaying of a 15-year-old Tewksbury boy has pleaded guilty.

Edward Allen Brown pleaded to manslaughter Thursday in the September 1969 slaying of John McCabe.

The Sun (http://bit.ly/1ssXFhM ) reports that the 62-year-old Brown reached a deal in which he pleaded guilty in exchange for his testimony against two other defendants. The deal calls for five years of probation. He is free on personal recognizance pending sentencing.

One of the other defendants was convicted of murder and another was acquitted.

Prosecutors say the men, then teens, kidnapped, beat and bound McCabe after a dance because he had flirted with the girlfriend of one of them. He was left in an empty Lot in Lowell to die of asphyxiation.

No one was charged in the case until 2011.

Information from: The (Lowell, Massachusetts) Sun, http://www.lowellsun.com

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