The Associated Press
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — A Bellevue man accused of beating his girlfriend to death at a Hawaii resort has pleaded guilty.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports prosecutors say 46-year-old Philip Howard Zimmerman pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder, kidnapping and criminal property damage.
Zimmerman and 44-year-old Susan Brockert, also from Bellevue, were vacationing at The Fairmont Orchid in South Kohala on the Big Island when she was killed last year. A housekeeper testified at Zimmerman’s preliminary hearing that he saw Zimmerman hit Brockert with a large piece of granite from the room’s coffee table.
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Prosecutors say Zimmerman agreed to plead guilty in return for prosecutors not seeking an enhanced sentence of life without the possibility of parole. He still could face life with parole.