A man originally charged with murder in connection with the 2005 slaying of an East Hampton man at his campsite in the woods has pleaded to less serious charges.

Edgar Canterbury struck a deal with prosecutors on Thursday, pleading to manslaughter and tampering with evidence in the death of 38-year-old Louis D’Antonio.

D’Antonio’s skeletal remains were found by friends at his campsite in September, 2005. Authorities say he had been hit in the head with piece of steel. Two suspects were arrested in 2008.

Canterbury faces 17 to 20 years in prison at sentencing on May 24. His lawyer called it “significant” time.

Prosecutors say Canterbury and David Hill were angry with D’Antonio because he had stolen some clams and beaten Hill’s brother. Hill was convicted of first-degree manslaughter.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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