SYCAMORE -- A man charged in the 2010 slaying of a Northern Illinois University student whose burned body was found in a park days after she disappeared has entered a plea in exchange for a 37-year prison sentence.
William Curl entered the plea in a DeKalb County courtroom Wednesday, a day after prosecutors announced a deal in the 2010 slaying of 18-year-old Antinette "Toni" Keller a Neuqua Valley High School graduate from Planfield. Curl maintains his innocence. He agreed to enter an Alford plea acknowledging prosecutors could likely prove his guilt at trial.
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Under the terms of the plea agreement, the 36-year-old must serve the entire sentence.
Public Defender Tom McCullough says had Curl been convicted at trial there was a possibility he could have been sentenced to life in prison.