WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – A Stratford man accused of beating his girlfriend to death last year has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.
Eric Meyer plead no contest to felony murder as a result of misdemeanor battery at a hearing this morning. The crime carries a maximum penalty of 15 years and 9 months in prison.
Meyer told police last March that he hit Cindy Tyler once in the head after she kicked him in the mouth during a night of drinking. The 42-year-old Tyler later died from blunt force trauma.
Defense attorney Gene Linehan says the way the law is written means that the state would have little difficulty prosecuting the case successfully. He added that even though there were other conditions that lead to Tyler’s death, since the battery was the most severe one, that a successful prosecution was likely.
Assistant district attorney LaMont Jacobson says the state amended the charge because they could not prove that the attack was an aggravated incident or that Mayer was attempting to kill Tyler.
Both sides will meet to schedule a sentencing hearing, and to put together a pre-sentence investigation.