Man Cops Plea In Cold Case Homicide

(East Hampton, Conn./CBS Connecticut) – There’s been a guilty plea in a cold case homicide in East Hampton dating back nearly 20 years.

Gerald Brian Tuttle, arrested three years ago in South Carolina, has pleaded guilty to one count each of manslaughter and kidnapping in the death of Gertrude “Trudy” Ochankowski.

She was reported missing January 11, 1998.  Her car was found running in a lot on Main Street in East Hampton.

Her body was found the next day in Engel’s Falls; she’d been strangled.

Tuttle was picked up in December of 2013, charged as a fugitive from justice.  He took a plea under the Alford doctrine, meaning he didn’t admit guilt but acknowledged the state had enough evidence for a conviction.

He could get 30 years  in prison when he’s sentenced December 6.

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