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Man accused in Cedar Rapids murder takes plea deal

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- A man accused of beating another man to death in Cedar Rapids has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and possession of a weapon in a correctional facility.

Jason Blackcloud faced first degree murder charges in the death of Jerry Hurt.  Thursday he pleaded guilty to the voluntary manslaughter charges.

He was sentenced to 20 years for the crimes in Linn County District Court Thursday morning.

Police say he beat Hurt in the head in August 2008 in southeast Cedar Rapids.

Police say Blackcloud was riding his bike in Cedar Rapids, came up to Hurt and hit him in the head with a piece of pipe.

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