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Central Ohio teen will be sentenced to life in prison in fatal stabbing of jogger in park


COLUMBUS, Ohio — A 16-year-old boy who was living in a group foster home when he was accused of fatally stabbing a jogger in a central Ohio park last year will be sentenced to life in prison as part of a plea agreement.

A prosecutor in Franklin County Juvenile Court announced the agreement on Wednesday that will transfer the teen's case to adult court. He will be indicted by a grand jury, and his formal guilty plea could come as early as next week.

The boy won't be eligible for parole for 18 years.

The prosecutor said the teen will admit to killing 55-year-old Jane Juergens in a Westerville park and tampering with evidence by tossing his knife into a wooded area. Stewart lived in a group home near the park.

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