A 47-year-old Nampa man accused of killing and dismembering two of his friends in separate crimes in Boise County reached a plea deal with prosecutors.
Michael S. Dauber was originally charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Joshua Reddington, 25, and Steven Kalogerakos, 42. Both men were missing for many years before remains were found.
Dauber, the son of a Chicago hitman who was gunned down in 1980, pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder in both cases at the Ada County Courthouse. He entered Alford pleas for both.
Under an Alford plea, defendants in criminal cases plead guilty but don’t actually admit guilt.
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Boise County Prosecutor Ross Pittman, who was appointed in May, declined to comment on the plea deal.
A sentencing date was set for 9 a.m. on Oct. 28.
The pleas were entered during a hearing to set a new date for a trial in the Reddington case. Prosecutors had said they intended to seek the death penalty.
Fourth District Judge Patrick Owen asked Dauber when he made up his mind to enter the pleas.
“About an hour and a half ago,” Dauber replied.
Second-degree murder carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life. Owen said the state is seeking a sentence of 17 years to life in both cases, to be served concurrently.
The plea agreement included a provision that if Dauber tells authorities where Reddington’s remains are, he could ask for a reduced sentence of 13 to 15 years in prison.
Reddington, who worked in logging with Dauber, went missing in 2000.
A man who shared a cabin with Dauber in Idaho City testified in court last year that he saw Reddington’s body in the cabin and refused to help Dauber move it.
Investigators recovered a bone fragment in the crawl space of the cabin, and DNA tests showed it was a close match to Reddington’s biological mother, according to prosecutors.
Kalogerakos was a friend of Dauber’s from Chicago. They moved to Idaho in 1994. In 2000, Kalogerakos moved back to Chicago, but Dauber reportedly convinced him to return to Idaho City in 2007.
The longtime friends shared a cabin in Idaho City prior to Kalogerakos’ disappearance in 2007.
Kalogerakos’ body was found in late 2013 in a shallow grave in the mountains outside of Idaho City. Prosecutors said Dauber used an ax and a saw to cut the body into pieces before putting it in a sack and burying it.
Dauber was arrested in connection with the death of Kalogerakos in March 2014.
The family of David Fishback, an Idaho City man who died of a drug overdose in 2011, told the Statesman last year that the FBI was investigating Dauber’s possible involvement in that death, too.