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Murder charge dismissed because of false confession

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KIOWA, Colo. -- A murder charge has been dismissed because investigators says their suspect gave a false confession. Daniel Pesch,35, was booked in December of 2017 after telling the Elbert County Sheriff he murdered a beloved high school teacher named Randy Wilson.

Wilson's body was found in a ditch in a remote intersection outside Kiowa in June of 2010.

His hands had been bound, there was a white bag over his head, and a belt around his neck.

His case remained cold for 7 years until out of the blue Daniel Pesch sent a Facebook message to Elbert County Sheriff Shayne Heap claiming to be the killer.

Pesch was soon behind bars but later told a reporter for Colorado Community Media that he made up the confession because he had "an active imagination" and was going through a suicidal period in his life.

This afternoon Elbert County Judge Gary Kramer granted a motion by prosecutors to dismiss the murder case.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Chris Wilcox acknowledged that besides the confession there was no corroborating evidence. No D-N-A, no motive, no physical evidence, nothing to suggest Pesch had ever even been in Elbert County before his so-called confession to investigators.

Prosecutors admitted in court that Pesch has a history of mental health issues and asked the judge to ensure he gets treatment if he gets released on bond.

Pesch remains in custody on a $10,000 bond because he still faces a charge of Attempted Escape.

On December 18, 2017, the day of his so-called confession, Pesch was being walked without handcuffs to the Elbert County Jail by Sheriff Heap and another deputy when Pesch tried to run away through a parking lot.

The attempted escaped happened just minutes after his confession that investigators no longer believe.

But when prosecutors agreed to drop the murder charge today they simultaneously struck a plea deal with Pesch to plead Guilty to the Attempted Escape charge.

He will be sentenced February 4 for that count.

He faces 1 to 4 years on that count but it's possible he may face no more time than the 351 days he's already sat in jail  on the now dismissed murder case.

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