Man arrested for murder of Wellton mother agrees to plea deal

Man arrested for murder of Wellton mother agrees to plea deal

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 Trial dates were fast approaching for the now 31-year-old Jose Jimenez -- who prosecutors say killed Wellton mother of three, "Crystal Figueroa."

            but a document filed and signed by the defense and the state shows Jimenez accepted a plea agreement this week in court.

            that means most of his charges were dropped.

            the plea deal also changes the one count of murder from "first" to "second" degree -- which is a, quote "non-dangerous, non-repetive" offense.

            back in march 2013... a field worker found Figueroa's body in a citrus grove.

            Prosecutors say Jimenez drove Figueroa to the grove in the counties... and shot her multiple times with a nine millimeter handgun.

            Court documents also show Jimenez and Figueroa had previously been in a relationship... and the defendant had prior convictions.

            Jimenez will spend up to 25 years in prison.

            he will also have to pay up to 500-thousand-dollars in "restitution".