SPRINGFIELD (AP) - The trial of a man accused of strangling his grandmother is over after the grandson entered an Alford plea. Twenty-four-year-old Troy Ford, of Springfield, entered an Alford plea yesterday to charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 63-year-old Sharon Ream. Ream was found dead in her Springfield mobile home on May 8th, 2006. An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt but a concession prosecutors have sufficient evidence for a conviction. Prosecutors say Ford could be sentenced 10 years to 30 years or life in prison on the murder charge. Sentencing is scheduled for January 24th. Ford is charged with first-degree murder but agreed to plea to the lesser charge.
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