Sentencing is set for Friday for a 58 year old Fairbanks man tied to a high profile 2012 homicide.
Rick Allen faces between 7 and 11 years in jail for assaulting his then girlfriend, 59 year old Ellen Rada, who died of her injuries more than a week after the attack.
Allen originally had been charged with Second Degree Murder in the case, but in late December, in a move that angered family members and friends of the victim, Allen pleaded guilty to a
reduced charge of Manslaughter in the First Degree.
Authorities say in late June, 2012, Allen fatally punched Rada at a homeless camp.
Rada later died of a brain hemorrhage.
Court documents say Allen admitted to the attack, and that he also threatened to kill Rada.
Corinne Beidermann, Rada's niece, called the plea deal (quote) "ridiculous."
""It was Murder," said Biedermann. "Technicalities of the law say it was Manslaughter and so in his first attack, he did admit to saying he wanted to kill her, and that he was
going to kill her. And in the second attack, that happened later in the day. Very unfortunate."