BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man has pleaded guilty to the beating death of a woman who allowed him to stay in a room attached to her home.

The Montana Standard reports 54-year-old Troy Douglas Johnson pleaded guilty to deliberate homicide in the May 2018 death of 64-year-old Shelley Schafer.

In exchange for the plea Wednesday prosecutors dropped four felony charges including theft and burglary.

Authorities say a neighbor reported hearing a “ruckus” coming from Schafer’s home in Anaconda and her body was discovered the next day with lacerations and blunt-force trauma.

Authorities say Johnson told his ex-wife he hit Schafer with a bar before taking credit cards, money and jewelry from the house and stealing her car.

Prosecutors say Johnson was on probation when Schafer allowed him to stay at the property.


Information from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.com

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