A Searles man who threw his wife a “death party” and gave her meth pleads guilty to criminal neglect.

The third-degree murder charge against 59-year-old Duane Arden Johnson will be dismissed in a plea deal made Monday in Brown County Court.

69-year-old Debra Lynn Johnson was found dead in the home she shared with Duane on Jan. 24.

Duane Johnson told authorities his wife begged him to take her home from a nursing home to die.