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December 11, 2013

Plea submitted for man accused of killing brother

Agreement calls for 40-year prison sentence

TERRE HAUTE — A plea agreement has been submitted for a Terre Haute man accused of killing his brother in 2012.

Byron Sutton, 48, appeared Tuesday in Vigo Superior Court 5 where Senior Judge Barbara Brugnaux took a plea agreement under advisement.

A 1:30 p.m. Tuesday hearing date  has been set for consideration of the agreement and sentencing by Judge Michael Rader.

The plea agreement calls for a 40-year prison sentence on an amended charge of voluntary manslaughter. Sutton had been charged with murder and with failure to give notice of violent or suspicious death, a class-D felony. He was arrested in October 2012 after his DNA was found on the revolver recovered from the dead man’s apartment. Sutton allegedly killed his older brother, Guy Sutton, whose decomposing remains were discovered in March 2012 inside his own Dreiser Square apartment.

Guy Sutton died of a single gunshot wound to the head, an autopsy revealed. His decomposing remains were found after maintenance employees opened the apartment to clean it because the tenant had failed to pay rent for two months.

During the investigation into the death of Guy Sutton, who was a double amputee, police found a large amount of blood on a couch in the apartment, along with a handgun.

Byron Sutton is being held in the Vigo County Jail without bond.

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