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Man pleads guilty to strangling co-worker to death

September 4, 2019

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A West Richland man has pleaded guilty to strangling a woman to death who was his former co-worker.

The Tri-City Herald reports 25-year-old William C. Lee pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder with the aggravating circumstance of excessive injury in the death of 53-year-old Alisa J. Brewer.

Lee called 911 at 1:20 a.m. Dec. 9 to report he’d killed a woman in his apartment and was going to kill himself. He was eventually taken into custody at the scene.

Brewer was found on the floor with a belt around her neck and significant trauma to her face, head and body.

Brewer and Lee had worked together at Barnhart Crane & Rigging, which has a branch office in Richland.

Lee’s trial was scheduled to start Sept. 9. He’s set for sentencing in October in Benton county Superior Court.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com

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