SYCAMORE (AP) — A man charged in the 2010 slaying of a Northern Illinois University is expected to enter a plea in exchange for a 37-year prison sentence.
DeKalb County prosecutors say 36-year-old William Curl will appear in court Wednesday to enter an Alford plea in the death of 18-year-old Antinette "Toni" Keller.
Curl maintains his innocence, although with the Alford plea he acknowledges prosecutors could likely prove the charge filed against him. He was charged with first-degree murder.
Keller, an art student from Plainfield, was last seen before she headed to a park and nature preserve near the university. Burned remains were found in the park two days later were identified as hers.
Keller family spokeswoman Mary Tarling said the concept of a plea agreement was sprung unexpectedly on the victim's family.