Fairbanks man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend

A Fairbanks man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter after authorities said he fatally punched his girlfriend at a homeless camp.

Prosecutor Scott Mattern tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that sentencing guidelines suggest a prison term of seven to 11 years for 57-year-old Rick Allen. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for May.

Authorities say Allen’s girlfriend, Ellen Florence Juneby Rada, was found unconscious June 28 and died more than a week later of a brain hemorrhage. Court documents say Allen told Fairbanks police he punched and choked Rada and threatened to kill her.

Allen has a history of minor alcohol offenses, but the manslaughter is his first felony conviction.

 

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