A Pike man who was arrested and indicted on murder charges in connection to the death of his brother last year pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and was recommended to serve 15 years in prison Wednesday in Pike Circuit Court.

Harold D. Brewer, 38, of Collins Highway, Pikeville, was arrested nearly one year ago, on Sept. 10, 2017, on charges including murder for the death of his brother, Greg Brewer. Harold Brewer was arrested on the murder charge, as well as charges of being a persistent felony offender in the second degree, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, tampering with physical evidence and prescription controlled substance not in the proper container.

Harold Brewer had been scheduled to go to trial on his charges Monday, one year to the day since the death of his brother.

In the plea agreement, Pike Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Bartley recommended the charge of murder be amended to reckless homicide. Harold Brewer’s charges of being a persistent felony offender in the second degree and having a prescription controlled substance not in the proper container were recommended to be dismissed, and his other two charges remained unchanged.

Bartley recommended a sentence of five years in prison on each of the three remaining charges, to run consecutively for a total of 15 years in prison. Bartley said his office would oppose any and all forms or probation or parole, but did note during court that Brewer would be eligible for parole after serving 20 percent of the sentence.

Pike Circuit Judge Eddy Coleman set Brewer to be sentenced at 10 a.m. on Oct. 19 in Pike Circuit Court.

Brewer was returned to the custody of the Pike County Detention Center after the hearing.

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