Saturday, May 29, 2004

Plea deal OK'd in Jan. slaying

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

COVINGTON - A man accused of killing a Cincinnati man in January has reached a plea agreement.

Matthew W. Smith, 26, of Covington, pleaded guilty on Thursday to manslaughter and robbery. He originally was charged with murder, robbery and tampering with physical evidence.

Kenton Commonwealth's Attorney Bill Crockett said he will recommend Smith be sentenced to 15 years in prison. Kenton Circuit Judge Greg Bartlett will sentence Smith June 28.

Covington police said Smith killed Jason Bourrage, 22, of Cincinnati, on Jan. 30. Bourrage's body was found in Goebel Park late that morning by police.Police said the homicide was drug-related but didn't elaborate.

Another man still faces charges in the killing. Thomas E. Toll, 43, of Covington, is charged with complicity to murder, complicity to robbery and tampering with physical evidence. He remained in the Kenton County Jail Friday in lieu of a $100,000 bond.



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