Suspect in 1987 murder of Roxanne Wood pleads no contest to second degree murder

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The suspect in the 1987 murder of Roxanne Wood has pleaded no contest to second degree murder.

Patrick Gilham, 67, was charged in February with open murder and breaking and entering of an occupied dwelling.

The plea was offered to Gilham in consultation with the victim’s family. It includes a minimum of 23 years in prison.

“This sentence agreement effectively keeps Mr. Gilham in prison for the rest of his life. This plea will allow the family to have some closure and continue to work on healing from this tragic murder,” Berrien County Assistant Prosecutor Jerry Vigansky said.

Gilham’s sentencing is scheduled for April 25.

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