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Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Girlfriend in Umatilla County

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PENDLETON, Ore. - A man pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing a woman in Echo and then assaulting an inmate in the Umatilla County Jail.

A judge sentenced Daniel Lee Smith, 30, to 35 years in prison. Smith pleaded guilty to manslaughter and assault to avoid possible murder and attempted murder convictions that could have put him in prison for life without patrol.

Smith has pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine.

Smith beat his girlfriend, 24-year-old Samantha Lee Brown, to death in June. She was a mother of four children under the age of seven.

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