Deer River Man Pleads Guilty to Murder Charge

Created: 01/10/2014 6:17 PM

A Deer River man accused of killing his girlfriend last year has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder as part of a plea deal.

Prosecutors alleged Eugene Nason, 50, killed Sonya Ann Smith, 43, who was found dead in her bathtub on July 24.  Preliminary autopsy results indicated Smith died from a ruptured liver and spleen, broken ribs and cerebral hemorrhaging, according to a criminal complaint.

Nason entered the guilty plea Friday and was sentenced to 26 years of prison and supervised release (parole).  He'll serve at least 17 years and 4 months in prison, followed by supervised release to complete the 26-year sentence.

In a statement, County Attorney John J. Muhar thanked authorities for working to bring the case to a speedy conclusion and said he was pleased with the support and cooperation from the victim's family.

Eugene Nason

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