One man accused of decapitating a casino patron the night he won cash admitted to the killing Monday, a week before he was set for trial.
Jeffery Glen Haverty, 34, pleaded guilty in Yellowstone County District Court to deliberate homicide in the death of Myron Wesley Knight, 41, in the autumn of 2017.
Haverty and co-defendant Donald Ray Cherry, 32, were both charged with deliberate homicide. Cherry remains set for trial in July.
Prosecutors and Haverty’s defense attorneys will jointly seek 50 years in the Montana State Prison under a plea agreement. The charges carry a maximum of 110 years.
Haverty must give an interview to detectives and testify against Cherry if necessary, according to the terms of the agreement.
Walkers on a West End trail found Knight’s body in a transient camp near 32nd Street West and Gabel Road on Nov. 15, 2017.
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Roughly three weeks earlier, on the night of Oct. 26, Knight left the Montana Lil’s Casino on King Avenue West with Haverty and Cherry, charges state.
Knight asked a casino employee to hold his $120 in winnings for the night in case Haverty and Cherry wanted to rob him, the employee told police.
Knight had $6 on him when he was killed, Cherry's girlfriend told police.
Cherry’s girlfriend said she was with the three men at the camp that night, had gone to a gas station for 15 to 20 minutes and returned to find Haverty trying to decapitate Knight, charges state. She said Cherry eventually took over, according to charges.
Haverty has been held at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility since Nov. 18, 2017. Cherry was booked in on Nov. 21, 2017.
Haverty’s sentencing date has not yet been set.