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Aug 5, 2014 5:41 PM

Man Pleads Guilty In 2003 Nicholas County Murder

A man has pleaded guilty in a 11-year-old murder case in Nicholas County Monday.

The Carlisle Courier reports Joshua Abnee pleaded guilty to lesser charges stemming from the 2003 murder of David Sadler.

Abnee was arrested in March and charged with complicity to murder and complicity to robbery first degree. In court Monday, he pleaded guilty to facilitation of murder and complicity to robbery in the second degree. He also agreed to testify against co-defendant Shawn Fryman.

A charge of trafficking a controlled substance against Abnee and his former roommate, Tonya Mynear, will be dropped following the plea deal.

A Commonwealth prosecutor recommended a 12-year sentence for Abnee and a sentencing date has been set for Sept. 15.

The Carlisle Mercury reported in July the death penalty could be sought against Shawn Fryman.

Sadler's wife, Brenda, and his son, found him dead from a single gunshot wound inside their home ion 2003. Brenda says Fryman was her husband's best friend. Fryman was arrested in February of this year in the case.


Photo: Joshua Abnee, defendant; Matthew Perdue, public defender; Douglas Miller, Commonwealth Prosecutor. The Carlisle Courier.

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