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Man connected to murder admits to lying

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A man believed to have been one of the last to see Evelyn Miller alive pleaded guilty Monday to lying to FBI agents investigating the girl’s 2005 disappearance and death.

Danny Slick, 27, of Charles City, admitted in federal court to giving investigators false statements during interviews days after the 5-year-old girl disappeared from her Floyd apartment.

He faces a maximum of five years in prison, fines up to $250,000 and is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 20 in U.S. District Court in Sioux City.

Prosecutors and investigators have said little on whether Slick’s legal case has any significant bearing on the ongoing investigation into Miller’s slaying. But U.S. District Judge John Jarvey agreed Monday to seal most of the details of Slick’s 13-page plea deal.

Relatives of the girl viewed Slick’s guilty plea and its confidential details as some positive pieces to the puzzle.

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"I think he knows who did it and what happened," Brandi Hoffman, the girl’s aunt, told reporters afterward. "There has to be a reason for them to have sealed" the plea deal.

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