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Trent takes plea deal

Pleads no contest in Fetty case

12/06/2004

WAVERLY -- The youngest of three men accused in the beating death of a homeless Waverly man pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter Monday in exchange for his testimony against his codefendants.

James Trent Jr., 19, will serve seven years in prison for his role in the death of 39-year-old Daniel Fetty, who police have said was beaten with bricks, boards and bottles, stripped naked and left to die in a trash container Oct. 2. He will be called to testify in the trial of Martin Baxter, 28, and Matthew Ferman, 22. Both have been charged with aggravated murder.

Waverly Police Chief Larry Roe said he felt good about the plea deal. "I think ... the actions of the other two men were more severe (than) that of Trent," he said.

"Seven years is a long time in prison when you're 19 years old." Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk was in court all day Monday and could not yet be reached for comment.

Jay Wamsley, the public defender representing Trent, declined to comment.

Source: Chillicothe Gazette



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