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Man pleads guilty in deputy's death

Posted December 3, 2008
Updated December 5, 2008

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— A man has been sentenced to at least 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing an off-duty Warren County deputy more than two years ago.

Montellus Burchette pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the Sept. 5, 2006, shooting death of Deputy Michael Leonforte. He was sentenced to consecutive sentences of 160 to 201 months in prison on the two charges.

Investigators said they believe Leonforte was heading home when he drove up to two men standing in the road. The men tried to rob Leonforte after he stopped, and they shot him, authorities said.

Leonforte's family said they were stunned by the plea, which occurred during a scheduled pretrial hearing. They said they disagreed with the prosecutor's decision to accept the defense attorney's offer of a plea, saying Leonforte deserved to have the case go to trial.

Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against Quante Seward, who was arrested with Burchette the day after Leonforte's death.

 

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  • Caring Dec 3, 2008

    A PLEA DEAL FOR TAKING SOMEONE'S LIFE IS UNREAL. SHAME OF THE LAWYERS TO PUSH FOR THIS!

  • babyblue2 Dec 3, 2008

    conspiracy to committ robbery? according to the local paper Warren Record, his wallet was on the seat in plain view when he was found shot dead by these POS gang members. they did not take his wallet. what they took was his life!! and for that the slimeball lawyers get him off with a plea bargin. our so-called justice system is a joke.

  • anonemoose Dec 3, 2008

    Another stupid plea deal in the 9th District. This is the same bunch that took a plea to misdemeanor assault on a female for a child rapist and they had a written confession from him.