Man pleads guilty to killing brother in Lynnwood

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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- An Afghan immigrant who killed his brother in what he once called an honor killing pleaded guilty Tuesday in Everett to second-degree murder.

The Daily Herald reports Mehdi Matin had been charged with first-degree murder in the 2009 beating and strangling death of 60-year-old Isa Mehri at his home in Lynnwood. Matin says his brother made a remark more than 20 years ago about an Afghan woman that caused him to call off their marriage.

Prosecutors say when Mehri repeated it to Matin during a visit, he hit him in the head with a pipe.

The 63-year-old Matin faces up to 18 years in prison when he is sentenced next week in Snohomish County Superior Court.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com