Man who killed AA mentor takes plea bargain

October 29, 2007

A man convicted in the slaying of Alcoholics Anonymous mentor Richard Krietemeyer will serve 20 years to life in prison under an agreement reached Monday.

Duane Walker, whose trial was to start Monday morning, pleaded no contest to all charges, including aggravated murder, aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, grand theft of a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property.

His sentencing will be Nov. 15 before Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Mary Katherine Huffman, though his actual sentence is already set through the agreement between prosecutors and defense attorneys.

Had Walker been convicted following a trial, he could have faced life without the chance of parole. Under this sentence, he will be eligible for parole in 20 years.

A maintenance man found Krietemeyer, 78, dead Jan. 17 in his apartment at 4182 Pompton Court, Harrison Twp. He had been stabbed several times in the head and neck, assistant county prosecutor Robert Deschler said.

Dayton police stopped the Krietemeyer's car that morning in the 1300 block of North Main Street and arrested Walker, who was driving.

Walker, 43, met Krieitemeyer through AA, Deschler said.

"We believe he had been a mentor for him," Deschler said.

A second man, Robert Connaughton, was present when Walker attacked Krietemeyer but did not participate in the attack, Deschler said.

Connaughton, 29, pleaded no contest April 5 to aggravated robbery and guilty to burglary and tampering. He is serving an eight-year prison sentence.

A third suspect, Crystal Shern, 23, is currently serving a one-year sentence for receiving stolen property. She entered the home some time after Krietemeyer's death, Deschler said.

Dayton Daily News

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