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Plea Deal Reached in 2015 Double Murder Case

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Michael Wanchanic (WHO-HD)

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DES MOINES, Iowa — A man charged with killing a Des Moines couple has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

Records show the attorney for Michael Wanchanic filed a motion Wednesday notifying the judge about the deal. Wanchanic has agreed to plead guilty to two counts of first degree murder. A judge must still approve the plea.

Police say Wanchanic shot and killed 36-year old Bryon Howard and 31-year-old Heather Belieu in November of 2015. The couple had been living with him at the time of the murders.

Wanchanic was supposed to go to jury trial next month.