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Murder Victim's Family 'Heartbroken' Over Plea Deal With Suspected Killer

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When Narleen Campton was killed in the small town of Northport, Washington it shook the whole community. When Narleen Campton was killed in the small town of Northport, Washington it shook the whole community.
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When Narleen Campton was killed in the small town of Northport, Washington it shook the whole community. The murder happened the night before Thanksgiving in 2011 and her funeral was two years ago Tuesday. Two years later in the Stevens County Courthouse on Monday a plea deal was reached with suspected killer Jeremy Bryant. The prosecution and the defense agreed to a second degree murder conviction for Bryant who will spend nearly 20 years behind bars.

The family is heartbroken and frustrated because they said they knew nothing of the deal until they arrived at court Monday morning. Campton's daughter Sabrina Tipich said she arrived for jury selection because that was set to begin yesterday, but it was when she arrived that she learned a deal was done. Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen said that they were prepared for trial but yesterday they were approached with a deal they thought was fair.

"Mr. Radzimski, a deputy prosecutor who assisted me with this case and I talked with the Sheriff, the undersheriff and the detectives involved and we reached the conclusion that this was a reasonable resolution to the case considering the facts that are known to us and the difficulties we faced with some of our desired witnesses not appearing in court due to the fact that they are in warrant status" Rasmussen said.

"We had no say in the matter," Campton's daughter Sabrina Tipich said. "It was a done deal. They had decided without letting anyone in the family know."

Rasmussen said the investigation is open and they continue to work to see if more people are involved. The Prosecutor added they've invested thousands of hours on this case. The family says they know more people are involved and they will keep working until they get justice.

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