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Wisconsin man pleads guilty to drowning wife in toilet

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. (AP) -- Nearly 11 years after a Land O' Lakes woman drowned in a toilet, her husband has admitted killing her.

Forty-three-year-old Doug Plude pleaded guilty Friday to one count of first-degree reckless homicide.

Vilas County District Attorney Al Moustakis says he'll recommend Plude serve 20 years probation and no more prison time when he's sentenced Nov. 24.

But The Rhinelander Daily News reports Judge Neal Nielsen is not bound by the plea agreement and could sentence Plude to up to 40 years in prison.

Twennty-eight-year-old Genell Plude was found dead in 1999. Prosecutors said he poisoned her with migraine medicine, drowned her in the toilet and tried to make it look like a suicide. She had just revealed she was a lesbian and was planning to leave him.

He served five years in prison before the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned his conviction. A second trial had been set for October.


Information from: The Rhinelander Daily News,