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Grandson pleads guilty to killing Cape Coral man

Garrett Kern

Grandson pleads guilty to killing Cape Coral man

By FOX 4 Staff. CREATED Mar 19, 2013

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Garrett Kern received a lengthy prison sentence as part of a plea deal in the 2nd degree murder of his grandfather, James Arthur of Cape Coral.

Kern killed the 80-year-old Arthur in October 2011 and then went on the run to Chicago where law enforcement caught up to him the following month.

The 23-year-old Kern received a 38 year prison sentence today for the murder.

The family wanted to avoid a trial and agreed to the plea deal if Kern delivered on a promise to go into detail about why and how he killed his grandfather.