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Hibbing man pleads guilty in death of stepson

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A Hibbing man pleaded guilty today to first-degree manslaughter in the death of his one-year-old stepson.

Joseph Thomas Ricketts III, 30, entered the plea in district court in Hibbing. Judge David Ackerson scheduled sentencing for Feb. 20.

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Ricketts has been jailed since his Jan. 28 arrest. He was charged with unintentional second-degree murder while committing or attempting to commit malicious punishment of a child and first-degree manslaughter.

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