Murder suspect accepts plea bargain

A Sturgis man pleaded no contest Monday afternoon in St. Joseph County Circuit Court to charges in connection to the murder and mutilation of his girlfriend in 2019.

The day before his trial was scheduled to start, Wade Allen, 39, of Sturgis, also pleaded no contest to the sexual assault of a fellow inmate. That incident occurred Oct. 7, 2020, in the St. Joseph County Jail.

Allen will be sentenced March 3 before Judge Paul Stutesman.

Allen accepted a plea bargain to reduced charges of second-degree murder, attempted dismemberment of a body and third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

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