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COLD CASE MURDER
Northeast Ohio man pleads guilty in slaying of teen struck by door of passing car, then beaten
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, January 23, 2014 9:20 AM EST
A northeast Ohio man has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder in the seemingly random slaying of a 17-year-old boy struck with the door of a passing car and then beaten with a pipe.
A prosecutor will recommend a sentence of life in prison with parole eligibility after 25 years.
Swan's body was found along a Geauga (jee-AW'-guh) County road in July 2010.
A companion who pleaded guilty to complicity said Plottke opened the passenger door and hit Swan, then urged him to go back. He said Plottke hit Swan with a pipe.
Investigators got a break last year with evidence developed when a suspect was arrested for an unrelated crime.