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Fairbanks man again pleads guilty in man’s death

By Associated Press 2:05 PM March 24, 2014

Victim died in 2011

FAIRBANKS, Alaska  – A 21-year-old Fairbanks man has pleaded guilty in connection with the 2011 death of an acquaintance after an argument.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says the trial of Cornelius Everett Jr. was interrupted Monday when he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 55-year-old Johnson Griffin.

Everett faces an 11-year prison term. He is set to be sentenced in April.

Everett pleaded guilty last year to manslaughter and accepted a 15-year prison term. He later changed his mind.

In June 2011, Griffin was found dead in his Northward Building apartment.

Everett was later identified as a suspect after a medical examiner determined Griffin died of blunt force trauma to his chest.

Authorities have said Griffin likely was assaulted days before he succumbed to his wounds and died.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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