Plea taken in Preble County homicide

Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 9:50 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 9:50 PM

A 21-year-old Camden man pleaded guilty Tuesday to reduced charges in the October 2011 death of a man whose body was found after a house fire.

Joshua Estes pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and aggravated arson, tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse. The judge sentenced Estes
to 20 guaranteed years in prison.

Preble County Prosecutor told News Center 7 that the state is pleased with the sentence and the plea deal that was negotiated "because he's going away for a
guaranteed 20 years."

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Estes initially was charged with murder and aggravated arson.

In October, investigators said Estes allegedly killed Terry Griggs, who lived in the house on Ohio 177 and then set the house on fire.

"It was not a random thing, where somebody's running around the neighborhood and somebody decided to murder somebody and set the house on fire," Sheriff Mike Simpson told News Center 7 at the time of Estes' arrest.

According to investigators, Griggs and Estes knew each other. Deputies and other neighbors said Estes bragged about doing what he was charged with.