Northville man accepts plea deal in abduction case

Dale Houchins pleads guilty to criminal weapons charge in New York

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CHILI, N.Y. - Authorities say a trucker from Michigan who had been accused of abducting missing Illinois woman has pleaded guilty to a weapon charge in upstate New York.

A spokesman for the Monroe County District Attorney's Office says 41-year-old Dale Alan Houchins of Northville, Mich., admitted to fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon in a plea deal with prosecutors last month that dropped charges of first-degree criminal sex act and first-degree unlawful imprisonment.

Houchins was arrested in April after police went to the town of Chili and found the 22-year-old woman and two handguns in his truck.

Authorities said at the time the two met online and at first engaged in a consensual sexual relationship, but that changed.

Houchins will be sentenced Aug. 20 to three years of probation that initially includes several months in a "shock" incarceration facility.

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