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Suspect Enters Plea in NIU Death
The man charged with killing an 18-year-old NIU student in 2010 entered a rarely-used legal plea today in exchange for a 37-year prison sentence.
It's called an Alford Plea, and 36-year-old William Curl agreed to it. In essence, the Alford Plea allows the defendant to plead guilty but still maintain his innocence.
Under this type of plea, the defendant admits prosecutors could likely prove the charges filed against him should the case go to trial.
When it's used, the Alford Plea usually affords the defendant a slightly reduced sentence. For the prosecution, it saves time and money in not going to trial.