Arizona man pleads guilty in 1992 Ohio slaying

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A 68-year-old man arrested in Arizona last year has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a 1992 Ohio slaying.

Sam Perone (pir-OHWN’-ee) pleaded guilty Tuesday to voluntary manslaughter and gross abuse of a corpse in the death of Richard Woods, a rival furniture salesman. The body of the 41-year-old Dublin, Ohio, man was found with gunshot wounds to the head in a ravine near Perone’s Lebanon (LEB’-uh-nun) store. Blood was found on a square of carpet in the store.

Warren County Common Pleas Judge Donald Oda (OH’-duh) sentenced Perone to 11 years. He was arrested a year ago at his home in Phoenix.

Perone had previously pleaded not guilty to murder charges and denied involvement in Woods’ death. Members of Woods’ family including his widow were in the courtroom Tuesday.

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