SKOWHEGAN — The man charged with murder in connection with the 2007 beating death of a New Portland woman has pled guilty to the charge in Somerset County Superior Court, Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said today.

Jeffrey LaGasse, who was indicted by a grand jury last September, entered his plea this morning. He is charged with killing Louise Brochu, 50, whose body was found at her home and business along Route 27 on June 8, 2007.

LaGasse will be sentenced on June 11.

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