LIMA — Charles McGuire should know by the end of the month whether his refusal Monday to accept a plea deal to a charge that carries no more than 11 years in prison will cost him life behind bars.
McGuire told Judge David Cheney he wanted to go to trial beginning next week on charges of murder, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery. He faces a sentence of 26 years to life in prison if convicted of all charges.
Prosecutors offered McGuire the chance to plead guilty to a manslaughter charge and leave it up to the judge on a sentence between three and 11 years.
McGuire, 30, is charged in the Dec. 27 fatal stabbing of James E. Gipson, 29. McGuire did not stab Gipson but he reportedly sent him into a house to collect a debt in exchange for having a debt forgiven, police said.
Gipson threatened the family with a crowbar and was stabbed during a fight, which authorities said was an act of self-defense.