Man avoids possible death penalty with plea

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Frankfort man who had been charged with murder has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, avoiding the possibility of the death penalty in the 2013 beating death of his girlfriend.

The Lexington Herald-Leader ( ) reports 42-year-old Brian Earle Reed also pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating a domestic violence protection order in the death of 28-year-old Gypsy Reyes.

The plea deal recommends a 20-year sentence. Sentencing is Feb. 6.

The agreement said the charge was amended because of "evidentiary considerations."

Reyes was found dead in her apartment in Frankfort. A friend told investigators that Reed came to the apartment and that Reed and Reyes fought in another room. The friend said Reed later told the friend to leave. Reyes told the friend not to call police.

The next day, the friend returned and saw what appeared to be Reyes’ body under a blanket.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,


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