Homeless man gets 35 years for Lufkin woman's 2011 drowning death

Angelina Co. Jail
Monday, May 7, 2012 - 1:12pm

Lufkin, TX —
A homeless man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after entering a guilty plea in a homeless woman’s August 2011 drowning death.
Winfred Kilgore, 56, accepted the 35-year plea agreement last week in the death of 48-year-old Joy Bybee, according to his court-appointed attorney, Al Charanza. Having been found competent to stand trial, Kilgore faced a trial that was set to begin with jury selection Monday. Angelina County prosecutor Layne Thompson represented the state in the case.
Although Kilgore admitted to the crime, he maintains it was an accident, Charanza said. Bybee’s boyfriend found her body Aug. 11 beneath the bridge between Timberland Drive and Chestnut Village.
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