Plea deal rejected in Miami Co. murder

Timothy Jimerson (Photo Provided/Miami County Sheriff's Office)
Timothy Jimerson (Photo Provided/Miami County Sheriff's Office)

MIAMI CO., Ind. (WLFI) – A plea deal that would have seen a Mississippi man plead guilty to killing a Miami County woman more than 20 years ago is rejected by a judge.

Timothy Jimerson faced a 30-year sentence if the judge had accepted the plea agreement. The deal called for Jimerson to plead guilty to a voluntary manslaughter charge for the 1992 strangulation death of 27-year-old Toni Spicer.

Prosecutor Bruce Embrey said the deal was the best chance of getting a conviction. Jimerson was arrested in 2012 after DNA testing linked him to the killing.

Judge Tim Spahr said he believed the attack merited a longer sentence. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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