YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – A York man has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in his girlfriend’s beating death last year.
Jermaine Taylor, 24, entered the plea Monday as his homicide trial was set to begin.
Prosecutors said he fatally beat 34-year-old Billie Jo Bratton at her apartment in the 200 block of South West Street in February 2014. Police said there was a history of domestic violence in the relationship.
Taylor faces a mandatory sentence of 20-40 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled Sept. 1.
He would have faced life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder. Prosecutors were not seeking the death penalty.