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February 21, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Man admits killing woman last summer in White Center

Anthony H. Smith has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for last summer’s fatal shooting of a 23-year-old woman in White Center, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Smith, 26, shot Sweetheart M. Failautusi, 23, early on Aug. 16 following a fight between two groups.

According to the King County Sheriff’s Office, Failautusi and a friend fought with Smith and two of his friends just before the shooting. During the fight, a gun fell out of Snith’s waistband and was picked up by one of his friends, the Sheriff’s Office said. Smith reportedly yelled, “It’s not over … I’ll be right back.”

Smith and his two friends left but returned 36 minutes later. The Sheriff’s office said he yelled expletives at Failautusi before firing three times, fatally shooting her in the back of the head.

Smith faces a standard sentence range of 134 to 234 months in prison when he is sentenced March 23 in King County Superior Court. Prosecutors and defense attorneys have agreed to recommend he spend 184 months in prison, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

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