- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - A Miami man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for beating his boyfriend to death.

As part of a deal with Miami-Dade prosecutors, 37-year-old Andrew Cummings pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder. With credit for time served, he faces about four more years of prison.

Prosecutors say Cummings fatally beat Arsenio Lopez at a Miami condo in January 2006. The Miami Herald (https://goo.gl/1ACrml ) reports that the case was featured on A&E;’s The First 48, which follows homicide detectives as they investigate murders.

Cummings admitted on the show to injuring Lopez with a towel rod only after being attacked. But defense attorneys used the show to argue that Cummings was illegally detained by police after a hospital stay before waiving his right to remain silent. A judge tossed his statement to police, and an appeals court upheld the decision.

Miami police cut ties with The First 48 in 2013.


Information from: The Miami Herald, https://www.herald.com

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