Guilty plea in Spokane crossbow slaying



SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A 25-year-old man who pleaded guilty to killing a Spokane woman with a crossbow faces at least 30 years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 12 in Spokane County Superior Court.

The Spokesman-Review reports ( ) a deal with prosecutors for the plea Friday will allow the lawyer for Cole Strandberg to ask for a sentence at the low end of the sentencing range of 30-to-38 years.

The defense lawyer had argued unsuccessfully to have a judge find Strandberg not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2008 death of 22-year-old Jennifer Bergeron.

He pleaded guilty to murder with sexual motivation while armed with a deadly weapon that is not a firearm.


Information from: The Spokesman-Review,