- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - A Virginia man has pleaded guilty to beating another man to death with a claw hammer in a rock climbing area in Maryland.

Thirty-three-year-old David DiPaolo of Bristow, Virginia, pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter in federal court in Greenbelt, Maryland, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

According to his plea agreement, on Dec. 28, 2013, DiPaolo argued with 68-year-old Geoffrey Farrar of Arlington, Virginia.

Prosecutors say DiPaolo and Farrar argued in the parking area of Carderock Recreation Area in Bethesda, Maryland.

Authorities say DiPaolo went to his car, got a claw hammer, found Farrar and hit him repeatedly in the head with the hammer.

Prosecutors say the plea deal calls for DiPaolo to get between 10 and 15 years in prison at sentencing May 9.



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