Brother pleads guilty to murder of sister, friend

A 21-year-old West Michigan man has pleaded guilty to murder charges for fatally shooting his sister and strangling her friend with a belt in the trailer they shared.
AP Wire
Nov 14, 2012

Patrick Bentley made the pleas Tuesday in Mason County Circuit Court in Ludington.

Under a plea deal with prosecutors, Bentley is to get a prison sentence of 48 to 67 years. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 18.

Nineteen-year-old co-defendant Lashawn Whipple pleaded guilty in September to second-degree murder and other charges. She's expected to be sentenced to 30-60 years in prison on Dec. 4.

The bodies of 18-year-old Lacey Bentley and 35-year-old Fernando Ramirez were found Jan. 27 in Victory Township, near Scottville. The suspects were arrested later in Kentucky.

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