WAUSAU (WAOW) - One of two men accused in the baseball bat beating death of a Wausau man two years ago pleaded no contest to being party to first-degree reckless homicide in a plea deal on Friday.
Zachary Froehlich, 20, of Wausau was convicted of that felony. Twelve other charges were dismissed, including armed robbery and burglary with a dangerous weapon, in the plea deal, which also dismissed three other cases that prosecutors had filed against Froehlich.
Froehlich is to be sentenced Nov. 4. The maximum punishment is 60 years in prison. The plea deal calls for prosecutors to recommend 40 years in prison, online court records said.
Froehlich was charged in the June 2012 death of Kerby Kniess, 49, who was found dead in the garage where he lived. Warren Krohn, 22, of Wausau, was also charged in the killing.
Police said Kniess was beaten with a baseball bat in a burglary attempt to steal liquor and cigarettes and died from a skull fracture and head trauma.
Both men knew Kniess, investigators said.
Krohn is being tried separately after pleading not guilty to four felonies, including being party to first-degree reckless homicide. No trial date has been set.