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Spokane man guilty in Plummer murder

A Spokane man has been convicted of second-degree murder for a fatal stabbing in Plummer, Idaho, last year.

Jody Allen Miller, 40, (left) entered an Alford plea this morning in Benewah County District Court for the April 17 murder of Antowyn D. “Tony” Swiney, 37, (right) the St. Maries Gazette Record reports.

He faces 25 years in prison when he's sentenced April 13. The plea means he does not admit guilty but acknowledges there was enough evidence to convict him.

Miller stabbed Swiney to death at Swiney's girlfiend's home in Plummer after Swiney left a Spokane bar to avoid a confrontation.

Irael Kennedy (right) pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in October and is to be sentenced next month.  

Stephen Milton and Kennedy's mother, Kelly A. Miller, pleaded guilty to felony criminal accessory charges in August.

Past coverage:

May 25: Boy says he witnessed Plummer murder

April 23: Romantic tie figures in murder case

Ex-gym teacher sentenced for sexual abuse

A former high school gym teacher could be released from custody in six months after admitting to having sex with a 16-year-old girl.

Darin J. DeBolt, 26, was sentenced to four to eight years in prison on Friday, but a Benewah County District Court judge retained jurisdiction over the case.

That means DeBolt will undergo treatment at the North Idaho Correctional Institute in Cottonwood and the judge will hold hearing in six months to determine if he should he released or sent to prison.

DeBolt was arrested in February at the 130-student Lakeside High School in Plummer, where he had worked for five years.

The sexual abuse occurred in October, according to the Benewah County Sheriff’s Office. DeBolt was on the cheer squad at Eastern Washington University (he’s pictured above in September 2008) and was a cheerleading coach for a private organization in Spokane Valley.

Past coverage

Feb. 3: Gym teacher accused of sexual abuse

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