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2 murder charges dropped in plea deals

Two Spokane residents arrested on murder charges in Benewah County face less than a year in custody under recent plea agreements.

  Kelly A. Miller, 40, (left) and Stephen Milton, 22, (right) pleaded guilty to felony criminal accessory charges for helping Miller's husband, Jody Miller, 40, and her son, Irael Kennedy, 21, after a fatal stabbing in Plummer April 17.  

Milton was sentenced to five years in prison, but a judge retained jurisdiction over the case, which means he'll undergo treatment with the Idaho Department of Corrections for three months to a year, depending on what prison officials decide, said Douglas Payne, Benewah County deputy prosecutor.

Kelly Miller has not yet been sentenced but faces the same time, Payne said.

Jody Miller (left) and Kennedy (right) are scheduled to go to trial in October on first-degree murder charges, but Payne said that likely will be delayed.

 The men are accused of killing Antowyn D. “Tony” Swiney, 37, (left) at his girlfriend's home in Plummer after Swiney left a Spokane bar to avoid a confrontation.

Jody Miller used to date Swiney's girlfriend, officials say.

The four were arrested in Spokane hours after the murder.

Past coverage:

May 25: Boy says he witnessed Plummer murder

April 23: Romantic tie figures in murder case

Romantic ties figure in Plummer slaying

Jealousy may have led to the fatal stabbing of a Spokane man in Plummer, Idaho, last week, a friend said.

Victim Antowyn D. “Tony” Swiney, 37, (left) was with his girlfriend when her ex, Jody A. Miller, arrived with a group to celebrate Miller’s 41st birthday at Chan’s Dragon Inn in downtown Spokane April 16, said bar owner Namva Chan.
 
Swiney left the bar to avoid the confrontation and went to his girlfriend’s home in Plummer, Chan said.
 
Swiney’s girlfriend exchanged words with Miller, but Swiney did not, Chan said.
 
Now Miller; his wife, Kelly A. Miller, 40; her son, Irael Kennedy, 21; and Stephen Milton, 22, are in the Benewah County Jail, accused of stabbing Swiney to death early April 17 in Plummer. 
 
 
Jody Miller, Milton, Kelly Miller and Kennedy are pictured above, clockwise from the top left.

More details released in Plummer murder

Four suspects in the slaying of a man in Plummer, Idaho, after a birthday party at a Spokane bar have waived extradition and are charged with first-degree murder.

Jody A. Miller (left) was celebrating his 41st birthday with his wife, Kelly A. Miller, her son, Irael S. Kennedy, 21; and Stephen R. Milton, 22, when a dispute with Antowyn D. Swiney, 37, (right) broke out at a downtown Spokane bar, police said. 

Swiney fled to tribal housing in Plummer with two others, but the four suspects followed, and Swiney was stabbed to death early Sunday morning, said Benewah County Prosecutor Douglas Payne.

Payne said Monday that each suspect should arrive in Benewah County this week after waiving extradition from Spokane, where they’ve been held at the jail since their arrests Sunday night.

The murder case is Benewah County's third in 17 years.

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