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Man takes plea deal halving 50-year sentence in 2005 killing

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A man convicted in the 2005 death of 22-year-old Elijah Bishop is in prison for half his original 50-year sentence. A man convicted in the 2005 death of 22-year-old Elijah Bishop is in prison for half his original 50-year sentence.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A man convicted in the 2005 death of 22-year-old Elijah Bishop is in prison for half his original 50-year sentence.
    
The Spokesman-Review reports the conviction of Clifford M. Meyers was among those reversed after an appeals court ruled that questioning jurors in private violates the defendant's right to a public trial.
    
Meyers pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in a deal that reduced his original sentence and dropped a charge of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
    
Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell said Meyers has mental health issues and isn't expected to live more than another five years.
    
Haskell said it's unlikely that Meyers will see the end of his sentence.
    
He said Bishop's mother told prosecutors before the deal was made that she didn't want another trial.
    
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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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