20-year sentence for fatal stomping of Wash. man

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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.

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Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com