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posted by Admin on May 29th, 2017 at 10:32 AM

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Why someone is allowed to have a sealed plea in a murder case is beyond me......

Details of plea deal in 1990 cold case killing finally revealed
Updated on April 5, 2017 at 8:08 PM Posted on April 5, 2017 at 4:48 PM
Oregon State Penitentiary (Oregonian file photo)

By Noelle Crombie

The Oregonian/OregonLive

The prime suspect in the disappearance of a 13-year-old Linn County girl pleaded no contest to murder three years ago as part of an unusual agreement unsealed Wednesday by a Linn County Circuit Court judge.

John Ackroyd, a longtime state highway worker, died alone in his prison cell late last year while serving a life sentence in another murder. Weeks after his death, prosecutors publicly acknowledged for the first time that Ackroyd had entered a plea in 2013 in the disappearance and presumed murder of Rachanda Pickle, his stepdaughter.

A public records request by The Oregonian/OregonLive led a judge to order the release details of the agreement and other documents in the court file. Ackroyd made the plea in open court, but then it was immediately sealed at his request.

Ackroyd had been the lone suspect in his stepdaughter's mysterious disappearance from the home she shared with her mother and Ackroyd at a state highway compound at Santiam Junction.

Ackroyd was the last person to see the girl alive the morning she vanished in July 1990. Her disappearance set off one of the largest search efforts in Linn County history; her remains were never found.

For more:Oregon Live

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