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Man pleads guilty in SD homeless campsite slaying

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Authorities say a man accused of a killing at a Sioux Falls homeless campsite has reached a plea deal with prosecutors. 

53-year-old Clint Cottonwood pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree manslaughter as part of an agreement that caps his possible prison time at 25 years and drops murder and assault charges. The deal removes the possibility of a life sentence. 

Cottonwood is one of two men charged in the May 2012 beating death of Robert Thunder Hawk. Authorities say Thunder Hawk was beaten to death with a shovel at homeless campsite after he argued with Cottonwood and 44-year-old Eugene Martin, who also is charged. 

Cottonwood's sentencing date has not been set.

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