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Guilty Plea in Deadly 2012 Hammer Attack

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A Ceylon man accused of using a hammer to kill another man who was with his wife has pleaded guilty to murder.

Brian Daniel Freeman pleaded guilty Monday to one count of second–degree intentional murder and three counts of first–degree assault.

According to the complaint, Freeman wore a mask when he entered a Blue Earth home on Feb. 20 of last year, and used a hammer to kill 37–year–old Christopher Fulmer.

Freeman's wife, Candice Freeman, and her two teenage daughters were also injured.

His public defender says had the case gone to trial, he would have argued the attack happened in the ``heat of passion.''

Freeman faces 33 years in prison when sentenced March 11.