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Suspects plead guilty to charges in connection with Portland man's murder in 2014

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two men have pleaded guilty to various charges after a 2014 argument ended in murder.

Joseph Carter, 30, and Sammy Gibson, 29 entered their guilty pleas in Jefferson Circuit Court Monday morning, on the day they were to go to trial.

Carter pleaded guilty to complicity to murder, complicity to burglary and complicity to tampering with physical evidence.

The judge immediately sentenced him to 20 years in prison.

Gibson pleaded to the same burglary and evidence charges.

His sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Dec. 18.

Carter and Gibson were charged in the death of 44-year-old James Newton on March 6, 2014. Police said they found Newton's body inside a home in the 300 block of North 21st Street, near Griffiths Avenue. 

Police later arrested Joseph Carter and Sammy Gibson Jr. for the murder. They say the men got into an argument and killed Newton.

They also said property was taken from Newton after he was killed.

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