Father, Son Convicted Of Manslaughter Want To Withdraw Pleas

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A father and his adult son who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a man in Martin in 2016 want to withdraw those pleas.

In a joint letter to the court, 58-year-old Daniel Ceplecha and 23-year-old Rangler Ceplecha say they were forced to plead guilty and were horribly misrepresented by counsel.

The men say they are firing their court-appointed attorneys and are asking for new lawyers. Both father and son pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in February in the death of Moses Red Bear.

Firefighters found Red Bear’s body while extinguishing a grass fire in western Bennett County in November 2016. Earlier in the day police investigated a possible homicide at a residence in Martin, but didn’t find a body.


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