Kenneth Wykert, who is accused in the death of his girlfriend, pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of failing to register as a sex offender.
Wykert was arrested and charged for failing to register in DeKalb County in June, two months before being charged with second-degree murder and abandonment of a corpse in relation to the death of his girlfriend, Leah Dawson.
Because of the notoriety of the murder case, Wykert requested and was approved for a change of venue in the sex offender case, which was moved from DeKalb County to Caldwell County in August.
A jury was scheduled to hear the case on Nov. 25, but on Friday morning, Wykert pleaded guilty. A sentence assessment report was waived, and Wykert was sentenced to serve 10 months in the Caldwell County Jail during the hearing Friday.
Wykert is now preparing to face a jury who will decide whether or not he is guilty of second-degree murder in Dawson's death. That trial is set to begin on March 30, 2020, and will be taking place in Maryville, Missouri, following another change of judge and venue.