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Auburn man pleads guilty to killing Katie Socci

Five months after his indictment was reinstated, an Auburn man admitted on Thursday to strangling his ex-girlfriend to death while their child slept.
Auburn (WSYR-TV) – Five months after his indictment was reinstated, an Auburn man admitted on Thursday to strangling his ex-girlfriend to death while their child slept.

David McNamara, who is already in prison on drug charges, pleaded guilty on Thursday, according to the Cayuga County District Attorney's Office.

The DA's office said he pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree, admitting that he strangled the mother of his child.

He will be sentenced to 20 years to life in prison in addition to the two-year sentence he is serving on drug charges.

His indictment had been thrown out in November 2011 based on a technicality.

According to Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann, the Socci family is satisfied with the result and happy to have closure.

The DA said that McNamara's maximum sentence before the plea was arranged and would have been 25 years to life in prison. He noted that McNamara had already served two years on drug convictions.

Police found the 29-year-old woman in a wooded area after a daylong search on June 15, 2011.

That morning, they responded to her home based on a neighbor's report and found her infant child asleep.

On June 16, they identified McNamara as a person of interest in their investigation, but declined to call him a suspect when they arrested him on drug charges.

In September, he admitted that he forged a prescription and sold drugs.

McNamara will be sentenced on April 23.

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