A 26-year-old man accused in the 2010 videotaped torture and slaying of another man in Lakewood pleaded guilty Friday.
Michael Crosman entered the plea to one count of first-degree murder. He faces 23 years, nine months to 30 years, 11 months in prison when sentenced March 30.
Pierce County prosecutors allege Crosman helped kidnap Albert Keith Roberts, 50, in July 2010 because he’d stolen a car that contained drugs that belonged to another man.
Roberts was tortured inside a Lakewood apartment and the attack was videotaped. Police obtained a videotape that showed someone shoving a screwdriver into Roberts’ neck at one point. He also was beaten and threatened.
Prosecutors alleged Crosman tried to asphyxiate Roberts, then hit him in the head with a weight-lifting plate. Roberts’ body later was found near Harts Lake in East Pierce County.
Prosecutors originally charged Crosman with aggravated first-degree murder. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of first-degree murder.
Deputy prosecutor Steve Penner said he and Crosman’s attorney will make a joint recommendation that Crosman be sentenced to the low end of the prison time he faces.
Six others were charged in the case.
Randy Harbin, accused of ordering Roberts’ kidnapping, died this week of natural causes.
Maalo Samaota, accused of helping Crosman kidnap Roberts, pleaded guilty in November to first-degree murder. He faces 23 to 29 years in prison when sentenced in April.
For others are accused of helping; one awaits trial and three have pleaded guilty.