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A man is facing decades in prison after pleading guilty in the death of his on-again, off-again girlfriend during a physical confrontation in her central Pennsylvania home

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YORK, Pennsylvania — A man is facing decades in prison after pleading guilty in the death of his on-again, off-again girlfriend during a physical confrontation in her central Pennsylvania home.

PennLive.com (http://bit.ly/1IYTFPj ) reports that 45-year-old Ross Crawford was scheduled to go on trial Monday in York County on a first-degree murder charge that could have resulted in the death penalty.

Instead, he pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, obstruction of justice and stalking and was sentenced to 24½ to 49 years in prison.

Prosecutors said a friend found 53-year-old Cherylann Dowell dead in her Manchester Township home in June 2012 and saw Crawford covered in blood and holding a knife.

Crawford said Monday that the two fought after drinking and tumbled downstairs, and he tried to kill himself before police arrived.


Information from: Pennlive.com, http://www.pennlive.com

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