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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- A Pleasants County man has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the 1981 shaking death of his infant son.

Special prosecutor Luke Furbee tells media outlets that Richard Allen Poore received a one-to-five year sentence under the law in effect in 1981. Poore received credit for time he already has served and was released from custody.

Furbee says Poore entered his plea Monday in Monongalia County Circuit Court.

Poore was charged in 2006 in the death of his son, Richard Poore Jr., after new information came to light. He was convicted of first-degree murder in 2008 and sentenced to life without mercy.

The West Virginia Supreme Court overturned the conviction in 2010. The case was moved to Monongalia County in December 2012.

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