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Leyva changes plea in manslaughter case

WORLAND – Joseph A. Leyva, 29, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter on Wednesday for supplying Robert C. Kulze, 30, with a fatal dose of heroin Sept. 2, 2016. The plea agreement was struck ahead of a scheduled May 14 jury trial.

 

May 5, 2018



WORLAND – Joseph A. Leyva, 29, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter on Wednesday for supplying Robert C. Kulze, 30, with a fatal dose of heroin Sept. 2, 2016. The plea agreement was struck ahead of a scheduled May 14 jury trial.

Leyva set a factual basis during his change of plea hearing Thursday morning in front of District Court Judge Robert E. Skar, admitting to providing Kulze with heroin at his home on 501 Howell Ave. Later, he and two others moved Kulze’s body to his nearby residence at 504 Obie Sue Ave and staged the scene to appear that he died in his own home.

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