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Strandberg pleads guilty to '08 murder

During a break in his court hearing, Cole Strandberg is led back to the Spokane County Jail on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011.  Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen ruled today that Cole K. Strandberg is too dangerous to leave unshackled during a hearing to determine if he is competent to stand trial for aggravated first-degree murder. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
During a break in his court hearing, Cole Strandberg is led back to the Spokane County Jail on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen ruled today that Cole K. Strandberg is too dangerous to leave unshackled during a hearing to determine if he is competent to stand trial for aggravated first-degree murder. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Cole Strandberg is led back to the Spokane County Jail on Feb. 14.

Cole K. Strandberg has pleaded guilty to killing a Spokane woman with a crossbow in 2008.

Defense attorney Chris Bugbee has acknowledged in past hearings that Strandberg killed 22-year-old Jennifer Bergeron on Jan. 7, 2008. However, Bugbee argued unsuccessfully to have Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen find Strandberg, 25, not guilty by reason of insanity.

Read the rest of Tom Clouse's story here.

Past coverage:

Feb. 26, 2010: Strandberg on cable TV: 'The horror is real'

Jan. 16, 2008: Strandberg's parents struggled to get him treatment

Jan. 12, 2008: Deputy remembers his slain niece




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