Plea offer back on the table for man accused in murder

February 28, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The plea bargain offered to a man charged in the death of a Hagerstown woman was withdrawn two weeks ago, but was back in effect Thursday, meaning the case will most likely not go to trial, the Berkeley County prosecutor said Thursday.

Harry William Deneen III, 25, had agreed more than two months ago to plead guilty to second-degree murder and an unrelated kidnapping charge. But Deneen continued to maintain his innocence and prosecutors withdrew the plea on Feb. 14.

Now, Deneen, who has addresses in Martinsburg and Hagerstown, has spoken once again to police and Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely said she was pleased with the results.


Games-Neely declined to elaborate on what Deneen told police. Under the terms of the original plea, Deneen had to provide information about the death of Doris "Amy" Frey, testify against others if needed and take a polygraph test.

Deneen is accused of stabbing 25-year-old Doris "Amy" Frey 33 times on June 29, 2001. Frey's body was found on the edge of a field near Spring Mills, W.Va., three days later.

Frey's mother, Shianna Frey, attended Thursday's court hearing that dealt with the plea. She wore a T-shirt with a photograph of Amy Frey's two sons on the front.

Outside the courtroom, Shianna Frey said she agreed with the plea bargain because she hopes to finally know what happened on the night her daughter was killed.

However, Shianna Frey said some aspects of the plea bothered her.

"He should have life," Shianna Frey said.

On March 19, Circuit Judge Christopher Wilkes will decide whether to accept the plea. If he does, Deneen is to be sentenced to serve 40 years in prison on the murder charge, and 40 years on the kidnapping charge, which stems from a separate sexual assault case, Games-Neely said. The prison sentences will be served at the same time.

Deneen would first see a parole board in about 10 years, Games-Neely said. He was being held in Eastern Regional Jail without bail.

Because of West Virginia's "good time" provision, for every day an inmate behaves in prison, one day is taken off his sentence. Deneen could be freed in 20 years, if not granted parole sooner.

Shianna Frey said not a day passes that she does not think about her daughter.

"When she'd come in our door, she had the biggest smile," Shianna Frey said.

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