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State, Waters Reach Plea Agreement

Lester Von Waters Jr., one of the two men accused of being involved with the kidnapping and murder of Sidney teacher Sherry Arnold, was scheduled to appear in District Court Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 13, to change his plea.

According to a document filed by Richland County Attorney Mike Weber, the state and the defendant have reached a plea agreement where Waters will make a plea to deliberate homicide by accountability.

Punishment for the crime is death, life imprisonment or imprisonment in the state prison for a term of not more than 100 years or less than 10 years.

The charge reads that Waters on Jan. 7, 2012, in Richland County attempted to commit, committed or is legally accountable for the attempt or commission of aggravated kidnapping or kidnapping and the result of the forcible felony or flight thereafter for when he or any person for which he is legally accountable, namely Michael Keith Spell, caused the death of another human being, namely Sherry Arnold, by either choking her or holding her face in mud or water until she was dead.

(Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted by permission of The Sidney Herald.)