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Spokane man sentenced to 15 years behind bars for strangling his girlfriend

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

A Spokane man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for strangling his girlfriend at the Downtowner Motel in January 2015.

The Spokesman Review reports that a judge sentenced 38-year-old Michael W. Baesman to 184 months in prison for the murder of 34-year-old Shawna Wyatt. Baesman plead guilty to the murder charges in April.

Baesman has a long history of domestic violence crimes. Wyatt's mother said he had been abusing Wyatt for a long time, and that Wyatt had been living in a shelter just to get away from him, but had defended him to police in the past.

On the night of the murder, Baesman said he started arguing with Wyatt, and that he got angry because she was being loud. That's when he says he put his hands around her neck and on her mouth.

Afterward, he called several family members confessing to the murder. Police arrested him the next day. Baesman reportedly told detectives "All I did was suffocate her."

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