Plea Deal in Case of Body Found Burned

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Katrina Marie Culberson, 20, of Canton.

CANTON, Ohio – A 20-year-old woman, who was involved in the death of a woman found naked, raped and badly burned on a rural road, accepted a plea deal on Wednesday.

Katrina Marie Culberson, of Canton, plead out to aggravated murder, kidnapping and arson.

According to Muskingham County Prosecutor Mike Haddox, the agreement spares her from the death penalty but the State recommended life in prison on the aggravated murder charge, plus 11 years on the kidnapping and arson charge to be served consecutively.

She will also testify against her two co-defendants, Monica Jean Washington, 24, and LaFonse Darney Dixon, 33, both of Canton.

They have been charged with aggravated murder (with death specification), kidnapping and aggravated arson.

On Aug. 26, a passing motorist discovered Celeste Fronsman, 29, of Canton, on State Route 208 and Steel Mill Road near Zanesville.

She had been raped and was found with a strap around her neck.

Fronsman was flown by medical helicopter to Ohio State University Medical Center, where she later died.

Franklin County Coroner Dr. Jan Gorniak told Fox 8 News Fronsman had second, third and fourth degree burns to 70-80 percent of her body.

Culberson’s sentencing date will not be set until her co-defendants’ trials are finished.

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