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Wrestling Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Florida boy who killed a six-year-old playmate and became the youngest U-S defendant ever sentenced to life is expected to publicly admit his guilt today.

Under a plea agreement, Lionel Tate will admit to second-degree murder in the death of Tiffany Eunick. And he'll be sentenced to the three years he's already served.

Tate's original murder conviction was thrown out last month by a Florida appeals court.

The victim's mother has agreed to the plea. Deweese Eunick-Paul says she wants Tate to publicly acknowledge that her daughter's death was not an accident.

The child suffered a fractured skull, lacerated liver and at least 35 other injuries.

Tate -- who was 12 at the time -- initially said he accidentally killed her with wrestling moves. He now says he leapt from a staircase and landed on her chest.


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