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Sauber enters guilty plea

Daniel Sauber, who walked into the Grandview Police Department August 3, 2005, and told officers he had killed a woman five years ago, pled guilty to first-degree manslaughter Monday, Oct. 10, in Yakima County Superior Court.

Sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Yakima County Superior Court. According to a plea agreement, the prosecuting attorney will recommend to the judge a sentence of life imprisonment without possibility of parole and payment of costs and fees.

"This is a three-strikes case," said Deputy Prosecutor Therese Murphy. "He had two other strikes, a conviction for voluntary manslaughter in San Bernadino in California in 1968, and a second-degree assault in 1981 in King County (Washington)."

When Sauber first approached Grandview police in August, he claimed to have buried a woman named "Sharon" in his yard five years before. Police investigated and found a body buried in the yard of Sauber's home on Hickory Road in Grandview.

The remains are still unidentified, pending DNA confirmation, but Grandview police took a report last year from relatives of a woman named Sharon Lee Mason, who hadn't been heard from for four years prior to their report and whose last known place of residence was Grandview.

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