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Marion man pleads guilty to lesser charge in murder case

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- A Marion man charged in the death of a Hiawatha man has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

The trial for Kim Allen Polley, 42, of Marion, was set to start Monday morning in Linn County District Court.  But, before jury selection even began, both sides agreed to a plea deal.

Polley was initially charged with First Degree Murder, but that was changed to Second Degree Murder after prosecutors could find enough evidence to prove premeditation according to Linn County Attorney Harold Denton.

Denton says that on Monday, the family of Daniel Meade, 50, agreed to a deal in which Polley would plead guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter.

Meade was found unresponsive on December 14, 2008 when Marion Police were called to 235 Ridge Court on a report of an assault.

Meade was taken to St. Luke's Hospital and then air lifted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say they identified Polley, an acquaintance of Meade, as a suspect.

Polley faces up to 10 years in prison and a $150,000 damages judgment that would be paid to the estate of Meade.

A sentencing date has not been set.

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