Man pleads guilty to shooting fiancee


A man charged with fatally shooting his fiancee in Lake County has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in an agreement with prosecutors.

Terms of the plea agreement call for a 15-year prison sentence for 48-year-old Joseph Schmitz in exchange for the guilty plea, which came Monday just before his trial was to begin.

Schmitz is accused of shooting Corina Booth in April 2016 at a home they shared on Lake Madison. Court documents show Schmitz called 911 to report that he had shot Booth after she attempted to stab him. An open pocket knife was found next to Booth, who was lying on a mattress. Schmitz will be sentenced in June and is currently out of jail on bond.

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