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Homeless sex offender pleads guilty in strangulation death of 39-year-old Sioux Falls woman


SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — A homeless sex offender has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the killing of a woman inside her Sioux Falls apartment.

Arthur Lee Brundige, 57, is charged in the Nov. 22 strangulation death of 39-year-old Sabrina White.

The Argus Leader reports ( ) that Brundige entered his plea on Wednesday.

"I don't think I'm guilty. I just want to get this over with," he said in court.

A sentencing date has not been set. Brundige faces life in prison with the possibility of parole.

A relative found White Nov. 25 dead in her apartment. Her death was initially ruled an unattended death by police. An autopsy later determined she died by strangulation.

Detectives were able to locate several of White's acquaintances who had seen her soon before she died. They told police that Brundige and White had been introduced on Nov. 22 through mutual friends at her home. Witnesses told police that they left White's apartment about 11 p.m., but Brundige stayed.

Brundige is a registered sex offender because of sexual conduct convictions in Minnesota and Nebraska in 1982 and 1989. He was on probation in Minnehaha County for failing to register as a sex offender at the time of his arrest.

Information from: Argus Leader,

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