WRIGHT, McLEOD COUNTIES, MN – Robert Nuttall, 29, of Hutchinson, pleaded guilty Friday to charges of second-degree unintentional murder in the disappearance of Christopher Rossing of Annandale Aug. 23, 2014.
Rossing was last seen at Troubles Bar in Howard Lake.
According to prosecutors, Rossing and Nuttall got into a fight outside the bar. Nuttall allegedly killed Rossing and disposed of his body, FOX 9 reported.
Nuttall had originally been charged with kidnapping. A grand jury later indicted him on first-degree murder charges.
Under the plea deal, Nuttall Admitted to the assault that caused Rossing’s death, and to concealing his body from Aug. 23 to Sept. 10. He did not admit to burning the body, and didn’t reveal when Rossing died – only that his death was the result of an assault after they left Troubles Bar in Howard Lake.
Nuttall also pleaded guilty to second-degree assault stemming from an unrelated incident in 2013.
According to Wright County Attorney Tom Kelly, Nuttall will serve 22 years in prison total, FOX 9 reported.
Nuttall’s sentencing is set for Oct. 30 at 9 a.m.
Nuttall’s girlfriend, Gwen Butcher, was with him the night Rossing disappeared. She has been charged with aiding and abetting, as well as second-degree murder. Her trial is scheduled to begin in January.