BLUE EARTH - Brian Daniel Freeman, 30, of Ceylon has accepted a plea deal that will keep him in prison for at least 33 years, Faribault County Sheriff Mike Gormley announced Monday.
"It's probably a good plea agreement that the victims and family are happy with so they can put it behind them and move on now," Gormley said.
Freeman has been in the Faribault County jail for nearly a year after a home invasion in Blue Earth on Feb. 20 that left Christopher Fulmer, 37, dead. Freeman's wife, Candice, and her two teenage daughters were severely injured. Freeman stood accused of using a hammer to cause head injuries to all four.
Formal sentencing has been set for March 11, when Freeman will be ordered to serve 588 months, or 49 years. With good behavior, he could be out in 396 months.
"Thirty-three years, that's how long he will sit," Gormley said.
Freeman had been facing 11 felony counts and his case was set to go to trial in late March. Of the 11 counts, three pertained to Fulmer's death: murder in the first degree with premeditation; murder in the first degree while committing or attempting to commit a burglary; and murder in the second degree with intent to effect the death of that person.
Freeman faced four counts pertaining to Candice Freeman, including attempted murder in the first degree with premeditation; attempted murder in the first degree while committing or attempting to commit a burglary; attempted murder in the second degree for attempting to cause the death of another; and assault in the first degree.
Freeman faced two counts of attempted murder in the second degree and two counts of assault in the first degree related to the injuries suffered by Candice Freeman's daughters.
"We knew we had a solid case, so we were very comfortable going ahead with the trial if we had to, based on the hard work and the confessions and collecting all the evidence that we did," Gormley said.