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Uncle accepts plea deal for manslaughter charge in 1999 death of Bullitt County teenager

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BARDSTOWN, Kentucky — A Bullitt County man has accepted a plea deal in the death of his niece, who disappeared from her driveway more than 15 years ago.

The Courier-Journal reports 56-year-old Stanley Dishon entered an Alford plea Thursday to first-degree manslaughter in the 1999 death of 17-year-old Jessica Dishon. In an Alford plea, a defendant doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges there is sufficient evidence for conviction.

He was originally charged with murder.

WLKY-TV said the prosecution recommended a 20-year sentence. Sentencing is in March.

A retired judge mediated the agreement between Bullitt County prosecutor Mike Ferguson and Dishon's attorney, Melanie Foote Hollingsworth.

A neighbor was charged with killing Dishon in 2001 but was freed a couple of years later when a judge declared a mistrial, and the charges were dismissed.

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