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Man who pleaded guilty to killing teen wants plea deal kept

September 20, 2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A white West Virginia man who pleaded guilty to killing a black teen says he wants his plea deal to remain in place.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports William Ronald Pulliam on Wednesday asked to keep his deal intact, despite his earlier request to have it thrown out so the case could go to trial. Pulliam pleaded guilty this summer second-degree murder in the 2016 slaying of 15-year-old James Harvey Means. Days later, he sent the revocation request dated Aug. 8, 1999.

Judge Charles King kept Pulliam’s plea and said he would schedule a sentencing hearing after another case against Pulliam closes. Pulliam is set to go to trial in November on firearm charges. He’s accused of lying on federal forms to buy a .380 revolver months before Means was killed.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.

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