Plea deal expected for suspect in savage Plymouth murder

Gauvin Monaghan (on left) and Maeson Coffin (Photos supplied/Jefferson County Jail in New York state)

One of the men accused of beating a Plymouth-area man to death last year will reportedly be taking a plea deal in the new year.

Maeson Coffin was set to go to trial in 2018 for the murder of Paul Costello. He’s accused of beating Costello to death with the help of Gauvin Monaghan, who was sentenced to the maximum 65 years in prison earlier this month.

ABC 57 reports that instead of going to trial, he’ll accept a plea deal at his Jan. 3 appearance in court. Terms of the agreement aren’t yet known.

Costello’s body was found inside a plastic drum in Nov. 2016. Coffin and Monaghan were found in upstate New York days later in a stolen vehicle.

According to court documents, Monaghan stated that he only helped Coffin dispose of Coastello’s body and that it was Coffin that killed Costello.


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