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Teen gets 22 years for killing girlfriend’s dad

A teenager will serve 22 years in prison for helping his girlfriend kill her father with a sword and baseball bat.

Edmund D. Washington, 19, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced today by Superior Court Judge Michael Price.

It’s the same sentence given to Jacqueline A. Wortham, 18, last month for the brutal slaying of Daniel A. Wortham, 39, on March 21, 2008.

The couple told police they waited more than 5 hours for the man to return to his home at 2617 E. Sharp Ave., from a plumbing job.

The picture above shows a different side of Washington.

Spokesman-Review photographer Dan Pelle made the photo in November 2006 as Washington, then 16, camped out with friends outside the Circuit City at the Spokane Valley Mall, waiting for the release of the PlayStation 3.

Read past coverage of the murder here.

The mother of Washington’s best friend wrote the newspaper after his arrest and said the teen was a good kid who was “fiercely protective of the people he loves.”

Read that letter here.

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