Reed pleads no contest to murder of Oneida couple

Vance Reed in court

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - Vance Reed faces life in prison after pleading no contest to murdering an older couple in Oneida.

Reed, 20, entered the plea to two counts of first-degree homicide Thursday and was found guilty by the Outagamie County judge.

Reed will be sentenced in July.

Investigators say around September 7, Reed, who was 19 at the time, had been drinking at Harry and Lorraine Brown Bears' home on the Oneida reservation. He got into an argument with Harry and slit his throat, then stabbed Lorraine.

Police were asked to check on the couple after they hadn't been seen in days. It was determined the Brown Bears were dead for as long as a week before they were found.

Police took DNA swabs from neighbors and witnesses, and blood stains found in the Brown Bears' home matched Reed's, and they say he confessed to the crimes.

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