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05/31/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Eduardo Capote, Defendant In Steamboat's 'Margaritaville Manslaughter' Case To Plead Guilty

Steamboat Springs - Eduardo Capote will plead guilty to manslaughter and has agreed to three years in jail in connection with the early 2009 fight that led to the death of Richard Lopez, according to new filings at the Routt County Justice Center.

Capote was found not guilty of third-degree assault in connection with the fight, but jurors could not decide on the more serious charge of second-degree assault, a Class 3 felony, relating to his fight with Lopez. Attorneys began working on a deal immediately after the trial, and with input from police and the victim's family, the two sides settled on a Class 4 felony charge of manslaughter. The plea deal acknowledges that Capote acted recklessly in the incident.

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