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Man pleads guilty to using fire poker to beat 78-year-old Fort Wayne woman to death


FORT WAYNE, Indiana — A 23-year-old Fort Wayne man has pleaded guilty to murder, felony murder and robbery in the beating death of a 78-year-old woman in August.

The Journal Gazette reports ( ) Zachary Reinders agreed to plead guilty Friday in the death of Diane Woods in return for prosecutors agreeing he wouldn't face a possible sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

He will be sentenced in December.

According to court documents, Reinders beat her over the head with a fire poker, then took her bank card and went on a shopping spree.

Police say Woods' son found her body Aug. 8 in her home at the Valley Hills Mobile Home Park on the city's northwest side after she failed to answer phone calls.

Information from: The Journal Gazette,

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