PORTLAND, Ore. — A man accused of beating and burning the body of another man in 2013 has been sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 53-year-old Ervin Golden Jr. had been scheduled to go on trial for murder on Monday, but he decided to plead guilty to the lesser charge Friday.

Golden and a second man had both been accused of killing Jeremy Purcell, who lived in a southeast Portland garage.

During a 2015 trial that ended in mistrial, the prosecution said the men were retaliating against Purcell because they believed Purcell had stolen Golden’s wallet and a car belonging to one of Golden’s associates, a cocaine dealer.

The Oregon Supreme Court later ordered that the murder case against Golden’s co-defendant be dropped.


Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com

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