New Hampshire prosecutors have dropped a first-degree murder charge against one of the defendants in a deadly Mont Vernon home invasion.

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Eighteen-year-old William Marks no longer faces a possible life sentence, and is expected to be sentenced next month to 30-60 years in prison for a lesser conviction in the death of Kimberly Cates in her home last October. Cates’ 11-year-old daughter, Jaimie, was severely injured in the same attack.

Superior Court Judge Gillian Abramson said in a written order that prosecutors dismissed the first-degree murder charge against Marks immediately after she rejected a plea deal last week.

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Lead prosecutor Jeffery Strelzin said he dismissed the charge because that’s what the plea deal called for.