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Amarillo Man Indicted for Murder Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter, Gets Probation and Touching Anniversary Sentence

Michael Paul Buse

Michael Paul Buse

Michael Paul Buse of Amarillo, Texas, then 43, was arrested on October 10, 2010 for running over his girlfriend, Daisy Ruth Strout, 26, during a domestic dispute, killing her. The couple was reportedly arguing inside a Chevrolet Avalanche, when the victim exited the vehicle, and was run over. Her crushed body was found a couple of hours later. The investigation into Strouts death, initially presumed accidental, turned into a homicide investigation once it was determined that she had been run over at slow speed and crushed. Buse was arrested almost immediately, while police processed his vehicle for forensic evidence. Buse was later released on a $500,000 bond.

Investigators gathered enough evidence for a grand jury to indict Buse for murder on March 30, 2011. If convicted he could have received a sentence of life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. After thorough consultation with Strout’s family, however, prosecutors decided to offer Buse a plea deal┬áthe likes of which gives plea deals a bad reputation. In early September 2012, Buse pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a Potter County court, and received a sentence of 10 years’ probation and, just to make sure Buse learned his lesson about how killing your girlfriend is wrong, Judge Ana Estevez sentenced him to spend 111 days in jail beginning September 4, 2012, plus nine additional days in prison, one each year, for the next nine years, on Oct. 10, the anniversary of Strout’s murder … uh, death. It’s touching, really.

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