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Jose Ayala Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- A man accused of killing his girlfriend in 2008 pleads guilty to first-degree manslaughter.

It's taken a long time but Jose Ayala finally went before a judge for the death of his girlfriend Yesenia Haro.

Officers found Haro shot to death in her home in 2008.

Police started a search for Ayala and eventually learned he had run to Mexico.

Earlier this year, prosecutors extradited him and brought Ayala back to the US.

US Marshals handed him over to Yakima Detectives last month.

He pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter rather than the original second-degree murder charges he faced.

Ayala says the death was an accident and not intentional.

"We've been working for several months to try and resolve the case and I think it's in the end a good result and it comports with what happened," said Defense Attorney James Kirkham.

The final plea agreement is a compromise made with the help of the Prosecutor's Office, Yakima Police Department, and Haro's family.

Ayala now faces a maximum sentence of 13 years in prison along with another few years of community custody.

A judge will decide his sentence at a hearing on July 26.

We plan to be there for that final hearing.