A homeless man charged in the August death of a Lexington man whose body was struck by a train pleaded guilty Friday to an amended charge, Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson said.
A grand jury indicted Steven D. Dykes last year on a charges of first-degree manslaughter in the beating death of Stephen Mazcyck of Lexington and tampering with physical evidence. On Friday, the tampering charge was dropped, and Dykes pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, Larson said.
He said prosecutors are recommending Dykes serve 10 years in prison, the maximum for second-degree manslaughter. Dykes will be formally sentenced Aug. 20.
Charles M. Atkins, who also was charged with first-degree manslaughter in the case, has died, prosecutors said.
Dykes and Atkins, considered homeless, were longtime alcoholics who had been in and out of the Catholic Action Center for the past decade, center director Ginny Ramsey told the Herald-Leader in September.
According to a search warrant affidavit, Dykes and Atkins admitted to police that they fatally beat Mazcyck, 53. Dykes showed police where the beating occurred and led them to the shopping cart he and Atkins used to drag Mazcyck to the railroad tracks near Paris Pike.
An R.J. Corman train struck Mazcyck's body, and the operator alerted police. Investigators later determined that Mazcyck was dead before the train hit him.