Judge: Convicted killer can’t withdraw guilty plea


A convicted murderer is not allowed to withdraw his guilty plea to fatally beating a man on a Lancaster street.

Dajour James, 25, is serving 14 to 28 years in prison for killing 45-year-old Charles Kronenberg IV in May 2016. 

James was videotaped as he punched and kicked Kronenberg, who had argued with James’s relative. Kronenberg died at a hospital two days later.

In his appeal, James claimed he did not knowingly plead guilty to third-degree murder, and he said his attorney should have argued the beating was in self-defense, the district attorney’s office said.

Judge Merrill Spahn Jr. dismissed those claims and others, pointing out that James said, in court, that he understood everything about the plea.

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