New Details in Duncan Plea Deal

Associated Press


By Kim Bartlett

So far, the FBI's top hackers apparently have been unable to break through Duncan's security encryptions.
Defense attorney Roger Peven says the contents of a laptop found in Duncan's vehicle could become a bargaining chip with prosecutors when federal charges are filed against Duncan soon.
On Monday, Duncan pleaded guilty in Idaho's 1st District Court to killing three people at a home outside Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, so he could kidnap two children for sexual abuse.
Duncan's initial plea offer, which was rejected by Kootenai County Prosecutor Bill Douglas, called for Duncan to reveal the encryption key in exchange for escaping the death penalty.
The final deal, which led to the guilty pleas in state court, leaves him still eligible for the death penalty in a federal case.
But it only requires that the key to his computer files be revealed to his defense attorney.

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