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Judge allows withdrawal of guilty plea

A man accused of molesting his stepson 20 years ago has been allowed to withdraw his guilty plea to four counts of forcible sodomy.

The Daily News Record reports that Circuit Judge T.J. Wilson reconsidered Friday his ruling the previous day that Timothy Linder had pleaded guilty of his own free will.

Linder testified last week that he entered the plea only after his attorney told him that prosecutors would press for a mandatory life sentence if he did not do so.

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