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Rapid City man expected to enter plea in Maine slaying

BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- A Rapid City man charged with killing a homeless Maine man whose body was found engulfed in flames is expected to enter a plea to a manslaughter charge.

BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- A Rapid City man charged with killing a homeless Maine man whose body was found engulfed in flames is expected to enter a plea to a manslaughter charge.

Kenneth John Bruning of Rapid City is scheduled to appear Friday in the Penobscot Judicial Center in connection with the March 2006 death of Trevor Sprague. The 36-year-old Sprague's body was found in flames under a Bangor bridge.

Bruning's attorney tells the Bangor Daily News his client plans to enter a plea under the Alford doctrine, which means he acknowledges the prosecution has enough evidence to convict.

Bruning had faced a murder charge, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. A manslaughter conviction carries a maximum of 30 years in prison.

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