- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) - A man has pleaded guilty to charges including criminally negligent homicide in the death of his former girlfriend nearly 15 years ago.

Peter Sebben was accused of fatally striking 27-year-old Tanya McKay of New Hartford during a night of arguing at his home on New Year’s Day, 2000.

The Republican-American (https://bit.ly/1vkNQir ) reports that Sebben pleaded guilty Tuesday in Litchfield Superior Court. He is to begin serving a six-month prison sentence on Jan. 2.

Sebben has claimed that McKay had a history of harming herself and caused the fatal injuries by striking her head against the floor. He took her to an emergency room a day after she was hurt.

Sebben’s attorney Hubert Santos said a trial would have come down to dueling testimony from medical experts.

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