Cody Millard sits in the courtroom during a hearing in Dickinson County.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (KTIV) -
21-year old Cody Millard was originally charged with first degree murder in the death of 59-year old Edward Kitto, but pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge and an aggravated misdemeanor instead.
Kitto was found unresponsive in a backyard in Spencer, Iowa on the night of August 27, 2012. He died 12 days later in the hospital.
Millard, along with Christopher Fitzpatrick, 21, was charged with first degree murder.
Fitzpatrick is currently serving time for the murder, but Millard has yet to be sentenced and no longer faces any murder charges.
The Clay County Attorney said that's because the witness in Millard's case admitted to lying.
"We had one witness who we took the deposition, and he flat said, 'I lied to the officers originally about what Cody Millard said with regard to his activities, and I want to come clean. I was not honest to begin with,'" Michael Houchins, Clay County Attorney said.
County officials say they believe more details will come out about the reasons for the lowered sentence for Cody Millard at his sentencing hearing.
That sentencing will take place on December 2 in Dickinson County, where the judge for this case has been temporarily reassigned.
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