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Sailor Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

September 5, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) _ A Navy petty officer pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter in the death of a female shipmate he shoved out a Times Square hotel window last fall.

Brian Cooley, 29, admitted that he pushed Seaman Lisa Tedstone, 30, out a sixth-floor window at the Milford Plaza Hotel on Oct. 5, 2002. They had checked into the room with a third sailor after a night out in New York.

Police have said Cooley was annoyed that Tedstone refused to sleep in his bed.

Cooley will receive a 12-year prison term when he is sentenced Sept. 23. He was initially charged with second-degree murder and faced as much as 25 years to life if convicted.

Cooley, from La Porte, Ind., and Tedstone, from Simpsonville, S.C., were assigned to the USS Wasp, which had docked in New Jersey after a deployment near Afghanistan.