An Arkansas City man charged with murder in the death of a small child entered into a plea agreement for lessor crimes Thursday afternoon at Cowley County District Court.
Jacob Kyle Brickey, 27, pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and aggravated endangerment of a child in the death of 16-month-old Astra Abegg.
The only constant sound in the courtroom during Brickey's appearance was the crying of Abegg’s family members as Judge Jim Pringle asked Brickey if he intentionally killed the child.
Brickey said yes.
He will be sentenced during his appearance on April 24.
Brickey was originally charged on Aug. 27 with first-degree murder.
He has remained in custody since his arrest on Aug. 18.
Depending upon his criminal history, he could serve anywhere from 55 to 247 months in jail for voluntary manslaughter in addition to 36 months of post release supervision and a fine of up to $300,000.
For the charge of aggravated endangerment of a child, he could serve between five and 17 months, a post release supervision period of 12 months and a fine of up to $100,000.
Lindsey Paige Abegg, 29, who was also arrested on Aug. 18 in connection with Astra’s death, still faces murder charges. Abegg also made an appearance before Pringle on Thursday, waiving her right to a preliminary hearing. She is set to appear in court again Thursday.
Abegg, the child’s mother, was charged with first-degree murder on Aug. 27.