Anaheim Man Gets 6 Years In His Girlfriend’s 1992 Beating Death

SANTA ANA (AP) — A former Anaheim man has been sentenced to six years in prison for the 1992 beating death of his live-in girlfriend after he was linked to the crime through DNA.

Prosecutors say 49-year-old Lawrence Jerome Smith pleaded guilty Monday to one felony count of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Rosalyn Hamilton.

The district attorney’s office says Smith beat Hamilton until she was unconscious in September 1992. Prosecutors say Smith then drove her to a hospital but fled when hospital staff told him her injuries were consistent with being beaten.

Hamilton died at the hospital.

Defense attorney Miles Jessup says Smith claims he didn’t beat Hamilton but didn’t want to face a potential life sentence. Jessup says Smith’s clothes had blood stains because he took her to the hospital.

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  1. Jet says:

    six years for beating a woman to death and they give 30 year sentences for pot, this legal system is messed up…

    1. DAWNA says:

      JET TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH ! YOU GET CAGHT WITH POT THEY WANT TO HANG YOUR ASS !! THEY FEEL SORRY FOR MURDERS..

  2. andre turner says:

    i love weed wars on discovery channel, i agree with jet and dawna,

  3. Tyron says:

    I could understand if he was an illegal alien because California does not hold them responsible for murders or any other crimes but he sounds like a black man.

  4. duh says:

    The calendar says December, not April. Unbelievable!

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