Man reaches plea deal in tie to grandparent slayings

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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 12:00 am

MANCHESTER — An Iowa man accused of suggesting killing methods to a teenager who is charged in his grandparents’ deaths has reached a plea deal.

Twenty-year-old Brandon Ahlers entered an Alford plea Tuesday to lesser charges in connection with the May 2012 shooting deaths of Richard and Janet Sweet of Manchester. Their grandson, 18-year-old Isaiah Sweet, faces first-degree murder charges.

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