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Man accused of killing 3 in Fairmont pleads guilty

November 21, 2013
Associated Press

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to charges in the 1974 slayings of three people in northern West Virginia.

Eddie Jack Washington entered the plea Thursday to three counts of conspiracy to commit a felony on the fourth day of his trial in Marion County Circuit Court.

WBOY-TV ( ) reports Judge Michael Aloi sentenced Washington to one to five years on each count.

Washington was arrested in February in Tampa, Fla., where he'd been living for more than a decade. He originally was charged with three first-degree murder counts and a conspiracy count.

An inmate at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex, Phillip Reese Bush, also awaits trial.

The pair were accused in the deaths of 20-year-old Lester Phillips, 19-year-old Wanda Jane Phillips and 27-year-old Billy Ray Cobb at Fairmont's Windmill Park.


Information from: WBOY-TV,



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