Man agrees to plea deal in Cedar Rapids killing

Published On: Jan 15 2013 05:18:33 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 15 2013 05:18:00 AM CST

A Fairfax man who successfully appealed a murder conviction has agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges in the case.

The Gazette reports Jacovan Bush pleaded guilty Monday in Linn County District Court to substituted charges in connection with Thomas Horvath's death. They include voluntary manslaughter, intimidation with a dangerous weapon and going armed with intent.

His sentences will run consecutively for a total of 25 years in prison. He will be eligible for parole after 10 years.

Horvath was shot in the abdomen and head in April 2008.

The Iowa Court of Appeals overturned Bush's conviction last year and ordered a new trial. The court ruled prosecutors should not have put witnesses on the stand at Bush's trial who recanted statements that identified Bush as the shooter.