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Man pleads guilty to kicking girlfriend, causing deadly fall

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for kicking his girlfriend during a drunken fight, causing her to fall and suffer a fatal head injury.

The Stamford Advocate reports that 60-year-old Paul Bjerke entered the plea Thursday. He was charged with causing the death of 48-year-old Liza Zemlok in their mobile home in Norwalk in April 2017.

Investigators say Bjerke kicked Zemlok, causing her to hit her head on a piece of furniture. They say she then locked herself in a bedroom, where she was later found dead.

Bjerke's public defender called it a tragic situation. He says the couple had ``a very loving relationship'' that sometimes got out of control after they had been drinking.

Bjerke faces five years in prison when he is sentenced July 20. 

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