Plea in Meth Case, but Murder Charge Dropped
FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri man has entered an Alford plea on a methamphetamine charge, but prosecutors dropped charges of second-degree murder.
The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Mo., reports that 32-year-old Robert L. Bunch of Doe Run entered the Alford plea on Friday to a charge of attempted manufacture of meth as a prior and persistent offender. Prosecutors will seek a 24-year prison term at sentencing in September.
An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt but acknowledges enough evidence for conviction.
Bunch originally faced other drug charges and second-degree murder. A mobile meth lab explosion in December 2010 killed 31-year-old Kimberly Bell. Those charges were dropped as part of the plea deal.
Bunch has past convictions for burglary and failure to pay child support.