Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Girlfriend in Echo

A man pleaded guilty yesterday in Pendleton to killing his girlfriend in Echo and assaulting another inmate in the Umatilla County Jail.

A judge sentenced 30-year-old Daniel Lee Smith 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 parole.  He also pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine.

Samanatha Brown was killed on June 9th, leaving four children under the age of 7.

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