Man pleads guilty to strangling estranged girlfriend

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A man brought his murder trial to a halt when he pleaded guilty to beating and strangling his estranged girlfriend.

Twenty-five-year-old Raymond Smith, of Buffalo, faces 25 years to life in prison after entering the plea in Erie County Court on Wednesday.

Smith was on trial in the 2015 death of 21-year-old Shaquilla Coston, the mother of his son. Prosecutors say he pleaded guilty during a break to the highest count he faced.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 9. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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