A Wayne County man, charged with murder in connection with the November 2016 death of his wife, has entered a guilty plea to the charge of second degree manslaughter.

    Allen Willoughby pled guilty to the amended charge during a hearing 
in Wayne Circuit Court on Tuesday, January 7.
    Willoughby also pled guilty to a charge of wanton endangerment first 
    The Commonwealth recommended a sentence of eight years on the 
manslaughter charge and five years on the charge of wanton endangerment.
    The sentences are to run concurrent for a total of eight years, 
according to the plea agreement.
    A third charge of persistent felony offender first degree was 
dismissed under the agreement.
    Willoughby was indicted for murder in November 2017, a year after 
his wife, Frances Marie Willoughby, died at the scene of a two-
vehicle accident that occurred on the morning of November 21, 2016 on 
Highway 167.
    The police report filed in the accident indicated that Allen 
Willoughby's vehicle traveled across the center line and struck a log 
    According to the indictment returned in the case, Willoughby was 
under the influence of drugs or intoxicants at the time of the 
    Formal sentencing for Willoughby has been set for February 10 at 9 
a.m. in Wayne Circuit Court.


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