SYCAMORE, Ill. (April 3, 2013)—William Curl, 36, who was charged in the 2010 slaying of a Northern Illinois University student whose burned body was found in a park days after she disappeared, has entered a plea in exchange for a 37-year prison sentence.
Curl entered the plea Wednesday in a DeKalb County courtroom, a day after prosecutors announced a deal in the slaying of Antinette "Toni" Keller, 18.
Curl maintains his innocence, but he agreed to enter an Alford plea acknowledging prosecutors could likely prove his guilt at trial.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Curl must serve the entire sentence.
Public Defender Tom McCulloch says had Curl been convicted at trial there was a possibility he could have been sentenced to life in prison.