Judge rejects plea deal for being too lenient in Franklin County murder case


ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- A judge has rejected a plea deal in the death of a 70-year-old man in Washington, Missouri.

Kenneth Allen Jr., a former probation officer, was found dead inside his home on November 3. His hands and feet were bound and it was later reported he died of asphyxiation. Three suspects from Union were charged with burglarizing the home, and later charged in connection to Allen’s murder.

Blake Schindler 18, Timothy Wonish, 31, and Whitney Robins, 29, were charged with second degree murder, burglary and receiving stolen property, but all reportedly reached a plea deal that significantly reduced their sentences.

Robins and Wonish plead guilty to burglary and involuntary manslaughter, receiving 10 years for first degree burglary and just seven years for Allen’s death.

The maximum sentence for first degree burglary is 15 years and the maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter is seven years.

While they received the maximum possible time for manslaughter, the sentences would run concurrently, meaning they would serve just 10 years, and the charges for receiving stolen property would be dropped.

The agreement upset Allen’s daughter, especially the fact the suspects would serve more time due to the burglary than her father’s death.

The judge appears to agree with her outrage, and Friday rejected the deal stating the punishment was too lenient.

Schindler reached the same plea deal and is expected to be in court Monday. The judge in the case is retiring, this being his last official case. He is expected to reject the deal for Schindler as well.

Copyright 2017 KMOV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Recommended for you