Suspect in death of Royalton teen pleads guilty to gun charge

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A man who authorities say may be connected to the death of a Royalton teenager is expected to plead guilty to a federal firearms charge.

Richard Whitcomb agreed to plead guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Prosecutors say Whitcomb admitted to using a gun as collateral during a drug deal with Austin Colson, who disappeared in January 2018.

Colson’s body was found six months later in a Norwich barn at a property Whitcomb helped maintain. He had been shot to death. Police have said Whitcomb was likely the last person to see Colson. No one has been charged in the 19-year-old’s death.

Under the plea deal, which must be approved by a judge, Whitcomb would be sentenced to three years in prison with credit for time served. 

 Whitcomb’s wife said her husband maintains his innocence.

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