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Plea deal reached in Cook murder

Indiana man gets 11 years in prison

Marcus White
Posted 2/27/19

VIRGINIA —An Indiana man was sentenced to just over 11 years in prison and five years under state supervision this week for the 2018 murder of his 28-year-old girlfriend Christina Woods near Cook. …

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Plea deal reached in Cook murder

Indiana man gets 11 years in prison

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VIRGINIA —An Indiana man was sentenced to just over 11 years in prison and five years under state supervision this week for the 2018 murder of his 28-year-old girlfriend Christina Woods near Cook.

St. Louis County District Court Judge Michelle Anderson accepted a plea agreement from Daniel Gregory Lynn, age 41, after hearing emotional testimony from Woods’ family.

They recounted how the mother of four raised her children, often reading to them and watching Disney movies together. One of her daughters told the court her mother was working on obtaining her GED and planned to travel the world.

Lynn admitted to strangling Woods at a property owned by Lynn’s family near Cook last summer. On July 2, acting on a missing person report from South Bend, Ind. authorities, St. Louis County law enforcement found Woods’ body in a shallow grave on the property. Bleach stains on the property’s lawn suggested that Lynn had attempted to conceal the murder.

The discovery of Woods’ body led to an 11-day manhunt for Lynn. He was apprehended in Michigan on July 13.

Judge Anderson said she hopes that Woods’ extended sentence will have him “come out a changed person.”

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Scott Atwater

Plea agreement! Seems like an extremely light sentence for strangling someone to death.

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