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PLEA DEAL: James Stover pleads guilty to manslaughter

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There has been a plea deal in a high-profile murder case.

This morning, James Stover pleaded guilty to manslaughter and theft for the killing of Camden McCroskey. He received a 20-year sentence.

McCroskey was shot in broad daylight during a drug deal in April 2009. McCroskey's mother, Kim Vanderhaar, has been very vocal in her desire that the case go to trial.

Prosecutor Frank Dahl said his heart goes out to McCroskey's family, but said this was a drug deal and McCroskey was armed with a handgun. Dahl believes Stover could have successfully argued self-defense during trial.

"With the goal of keeping Mr. Stover off the streets for a long as possible, this plea allowing him to be sent to prison for 20 years and left in the hands of the parole board...we felt this was the most proper way to resolve the case -- one we could insure some sort of victory on, and send Mr. Stover to prison." Dahl said.

Vanderhaar, who has followed the case very closely in the past, was not in court today to hear Stover's plea.

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