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St. Marys man accused of rape accepts unexpected plea deal

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22-year-old Dillon Howell's jury trial was supposed to begin Tuesday in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court. 22-year-old Dillon Howell's jury trial was supposed to begin Tuesday in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court.

The Saint Marys man arrested for raping a 12-year-old girl has accepted a plea deal.

22-year-old Dillon Howell's jury trial was supposed to begin Tuesday in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court. Friday afternoon, Howell saw Judge Mark Spees in an unexpected pre-trial hearing where he took a plea agreement to reduce his sentence. The terms of the deal entailed the prosecution dropping nine rape charges and changing the first count of rape to include the entire time span of the charges.

Howell was originally charged with 10 counts of rape April 17. 

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