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EMMETT -- A Salmon man has admitted in court that he killed a 78-year-old Emmett man last summer.

Gem County Prosecutor Richard Linville told KTVB that 59-year-old Douglas Anderson pleaded guilty this morning to second-degree murder and grand theft.

Police say Anderson beat Darole Carpenter in the head and stabbed him several times in the stomach during a confrontation on July 8, 2013 at Carpenter s home in Emmett. They say the motive was to cover up that he defrauded around $30,000 from his victim.

Anderson had promised to buy cattle and hay with Carpenter s money, but had no intention of making the purchase.

The Idaho State Police and Lemhi County Sheriff s deputies arrested Anderson at his Salmon home in September. He was linked to the murder through DNA testing.

Anderson was originally charged with first-degree murder, forgery and three counts of grand theft. He was also accused of receiving $230,000 from a retired couple under false pretenses.

Linville says the murder charge was reduced and three other felony charges were dropped in exchange for Anderson s guilty plea.

Sentencing is set for March 25. Linville says he will recommend 30 years in prison, with a minimum of 15 years fixed. Additionally, Anderson must pay around $300,000 in restitution to his theft victims.

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