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Man Pleads No Contest in Wis. Slaying

May 15, 2006

LADYSMITH, Wis. (AP) _ A man pleaded no contest Monday to participating in the fatal shooting of a college student almost 27 years ago _ a killing investigators say was engineered by his district attorney brother.

In a plea deal, Dale Rogers, 49, pleaded no contest to solicitation to commit second-degree murder, District Attorney Kathleen Pakes said. Rogers faces five years in prison, the maximum punishment for the crime.

Pakes said she worked out the plea deal for Rogers because he helped solve the Aug. 14, 1979, murder of Robert Pfeil Jr.

According to court records, then-Rusk County District Attorney Robert Rogers recruited three of his brothers as hit men because he feared Pfeil, 27, wanted to kill him and his family after sheriff’s deputies killed some of Pfeil’s dogs.

Robert Rogers died more than 20 years ago after moving to California.

In March, John Rogers, 53, pleaded no contest to first-degree murder. He testified he and brothers Mike and Dale drove to Pfeil’s home in a van, then shot him in the head in his driveway.

John Rogers faces a mandatory life prison sentence with the possibility of parole after about 20 years. No sentencing date has been set.

Mike Rogers, who lives in California, was not charged after he helped investigators break the case.

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