20-year sentence for fatal stomping of Wash. man
Thursday, December 29, 2011
TUMWATER, Wash. (AP) -- A 22-year-old transient has been sentenced to 20 years in the fatal beating and stomping of a 60-year-old man attacked in Tumwater, Wash.
Michael Miles was sentenced Wednesday. He earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Ronald Smith's death. Miles said he'd walked by Smith and become "enraged" by a comment the older man made.
Tumwater police found Smith lying unconscious on a street in early July, so badly hurt that detectives initially weren't sure whether he had been assaulted or hit by a car. He died several weeks later in a hospital.
According to court records, Miles said he was "highly intoxicated" at the time of the attack.
Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com