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Yost pleads guilty in Clark murder case

Kenneth Michael Yost pleaded guilty to felony murder and two additional counts in Lamar superior court October 8. He was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the November 18, 2008 murder of Donald Clark. As part of his plea deal, Yost will be required to testify against his codefendant, Jennifer Clark, the estranged wife of the victim. Yost will not be considered for parole for at least 30 years. He testified that Jennifer Clark used threats to force him to participate in the slaying and that the crime was her idea. Specifically, Yost pleaded guilty to tying a plastic bag around the victim’s head. District attorney Richard Milam made it clear the bag around the victim’s head contributed to his death. He also pleaded guilty to concealing the death of another and tampering with evidence. Yost, 23, admitted that he alone dumped the victim’s body in the Redbone cornfield where it was found Christmas eve. He also admitted to disposing of blood evidence along with Clark’s wallet, boots and the metal bat with which he was beaten to death. He also admitted dumping the victim’s car at a Forsyth motel. He also apologized to his victim’s family. Milam told Judge Bill Fears that Donald Clark’s family was party to the plea agreement and approved of it. Clark’s parents and sister were in the courtroom. Yost’s mother stood with him before the judge.

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