Ex-Springboro officer takes plea deal in wife's death

Published: Sep. 29, 2016 at 8:40 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 13, 2016 at 8:47 PM EDT
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SPRINGBORO, OH (FOX19) - Former Springboro Police Lt. Thomas "Jim" Barton whose conviction was overturned last year, pleaded guilty to hiring men who killed his wife in 1995.

Barton, 61, entered an "Alford plea" to aggravated burglary and involuntary manslaughter as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

An Alford plea is a guilty plea where the defendant doesn't admit to the criminal acts and asserts his innocence.

Barton will serve the remainder of his time on probation after being sentenced to 12 years in prison.

He already served more than 11 years since being convicted in 2005 after a cold-case investigation.

In April, he posted a $350,000 bond and has been living at his Springboro home after a federal appeals court overturned that conviction.

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