plead guilty (to something)

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plead guilty (to something)

To formally admit and declare that one is guilty (of some crime or accusation). The defendant avoided a possible death sentence by pleading guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter. My client pleads guilty, your honor.
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plead guilty to something

to state that one is guilty of a crime before a court of law. Gerald refused to plead guilty to the crime and had to stand trial. Max pleaded guilty to the charge and then fled town.
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Barnaby's mother pleaded guilty to the accusation, and hoped there was no harm in it.
In truth he had virtually pleaded guilty to the charge, by scarcely aiming at such success as other men seek, and by taking only that humble and modest part in the intercourse of life which belongs to the alleged deficiency.
ELEVEN people arrested as part of the force's crackdown on the supply and distribution of class A drugs have pleaded guilty to 34 offences.
| Stuart Mason, 55 and of Green Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce Class B (amphetamine) and was jailed for four years and 10 months.
Dennis Doty, 49, of Murphysboro, pleaded guilty to battery, a Class A misdemeanor.
A SUMMARY of cases heard at South East Northumberland Magistrates Court (including Newcastle remand cases) March 31 and April 6 Fabiano Ceccarini, 45, of Victoria Avenue, Wallsend, pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order by sending a particular woman a letter on February 8.
John Hodgson, of Walker has been sentenced to 22 months in a young offenders institute after pleaded guilty to two thefts from cars, going equipped to steal from the vehicles and to two burglaries.
Rachel Warmeant, 25, of Partridge Road, Roath, Cardiff, pleaded guilty to assaulting a police constable in the execution of her duty and was fined PS75 with PS50 compensation and a PS60 victim surcharge.
A 13-year-old boy from Erdington pleaded guilty to handing stolen goods - a pair of jeans worth pounds 159 from Armani.
SIX people have pleaded guilty to conning up to 1,600 pensioners out of at least pounds 1.5m in a home repairs scam across five counties.
McWane pleaded guilty to nine felony counts of knowingly violating the Clean Water Act at its Birmingham facility, McWane Cast Iron Pipe Co.
Nelson Miller, former owner of Freedom Financial Services in Little Rock, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of making false statements and, as sole owner of Freedom Financial, to one count of felony bank fraud on behalf of the corporation.
Pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and amphetamine and got nine years.
Morgenthau announced that six people and one corporation have pleaded guilty to racketeering charges and related crimes in the theft of millions of dollars from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
In addition, Lake Resources, one of the main companies in the Enterprise," of which Hakim was principal shareholder, pleaded guilty to theft of government property in connection with the diversion of the Iran arms-sales profits to the contras.