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Originally published January 16, 2013 at 9:08 PM | Page modified January 16, 2013 at 9:19 PM

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Guilty plea in Wash. strangulation death

A Port Angeles, Wash., man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the October 2011 strangulation death of a 27-year-old developmentally disabled woman.

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PORT ANGELES, Wash. —

A Port Angeles, Wash., man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the October 2011 strangulation death of a 27-year-old developmentally disabled woman.

The Peninsula Daily News reports ( http://is.gd/SHL9Xk) that 23-year-old Kevin Bradfield entered his plea Wednesday in the death of Jennifer Pimentel.

Sentencing is set for March 5. Prosecution and defense are recommending a 20-year term.

Bradfield told police he strangled Pimentel in his girlfriend's apartment, then disposed of her body in a wooded area near the Hood Canal Bridge.

His girlfriend, Kendell Huether, is charged with rendering criminal assistance and witness tampering. The couple eventually led authorities to Pimentel's body.

Public defender Loren Oakley says Bradfield is also developmentally disabled. Oakley says a recent mental evaluation showed the defendant's disability did not rise to the level of insanity or diminished capacity.

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Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com

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