York man pleads guilty in girlfriend’s beating death

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.

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