A man authorities say killed his girlfriend and set her on fire pleaded guilty this morning to reduced charges. Hours later Arthur Ridenour was released from jail.
Ridenour, who is a former police officer in Farmville, stood trial for the 2009 murder of Teresea Foster back in July 2012, but the jury couldn't reach a verdict.
He pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter before a judge this morning.
During the 2012 trial, an assistant district attorney said Ridenour killed the woman and then made it look like she took her own life, which was Ridenour's defense during the trial. After four days of deliberations, jurors were deadlocked 9-3.
As part of the plea deal, Ridenour was sentenced to serve between 38 and 55 months in jail.
His lawyer says the man had already spent 46 months in the Pitt County jail. He was released from jail this afternoon.