Man pleads guilty in fatal beating of blind man
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to beating a blind man so severely that he eventually died.
The Day reports 46-year-old Edgar Sanchez-Valencia, of New London, pleaded guilty Monday in New London Superior Court to first-degree manslaughter under the Alford doctrine.
Sanchez-Valencia and 38-year-old Marlon Beasley both lived at an apartment complex for seniors and disabled people. Sanchez-Valencia has epilepsy and Beasley was legally blind.
Both men were drinking at a party Thanksgiving morning in 2016 when Beasley was asked to leave because he was being disrespectful to his girlfriend.
Sanchez-Valencia told investigators he intervened when he thought Beasley was going to hit his girlfriend. Beasley was found unconscious in a hallway and died when he was taken off life support days later.
Sanchez-Valencia will be sentenced Aug. 15.
Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com