A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter in the strangulation death of a woman in his Leominster apartment.
James Vaillancourt faces 15 to 17 years in prison under terms of a plea deal entered Monday in Worcester Superior Court.
Prosecutors said the partially nude body of Corrinna Santiago was found in 2017, a man's necktie secured around her neck.
According to court documents, police went to Vaillancourt's apartment after the 51-year-old former school custodian walked into a hospital emergency room and told staff he believed he had hurt someone.
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Prosecutors said Vaillancourt later told police that he had blacked out and woke to find the woman dead.
Prosecutors said an ex-girlfriend of Vaillancourt told investigators he had choked her several times with a necktie during sex.