Lauderdale County man pleads guilty in murder case
FLORENCE, Ala. – A Lauderdale County man accused of beating to death a crippled Anderson man has pleaded guilty.
According to courthouse officials, Joshua Balentine pleaded guilty to manslaughter late last week.
Balentine confessed to investigators to beating 62-year-old Royce Varnell with a hammer in April of 2014.
Balentine had been indicted by a grand jury for murder.
He could face up to 20-years in prison when sentenced in November.