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Guilty Plea

Posted on 7th March 2014 at 16:52

Bruce Wayne Albee, 57, of Kelso is going to prison for 34 years, after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the strangling death of his stepfather. The Daily News reports on yesterday’s action in Cowlitz County Superior Court, accepting a plea deal that will allow Albee to avoid additional counts or an exceptional sentence. At yesterday’s hearing in front of Superior Court Judge Marilyn Haan, Albee admitted to using a rope to strangle Charles Marion Rees, 81, in September of last year, saying that Rees had “made him angry.” Albee also implied that is was kind of a “mercy killing,” saying that Rees was in a lot of pain, and may have tried to commit suicide if Albee hadn’t acted. Albee also wrapped Rees’ body up in blankets, garbage bags and duct bags, leaving him in his bedroom for several days as he tried to decide how to dispose of the body. Authorities say that Rees had been dead for several days before he was found. Albee was sentenced to 275 months in prison, in the middle of the standard range for this offense.