A man pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the vicious beating of another man who tried to stop the sexual assault and beating of the defendant’s girlfriend near a park in Arlington, Virginia, in 2018.
In exchange for the plea, other charges against Michael Nash were dropped and his sentence will be no more than 45 years in prison. First-degree murder can carry a sentence of up to life in prison.
Nash was walking with a woman in the area of S. George Mason Drive when he started to physically and sexually attack her Oct. 18, 2018, according to police.
Patricio Salazar, 54, saw the attack and tried to help the victim. That's when Nash assaulted Salazar, leaving him unconscious, police say. Salazar died from his injuries at the hospital.
News4's Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey has been covering this side of the state since joining NBC4 in 1992. She's joined by reporter Drew Wilder.
Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 3. Nash's attorney said his client will speak at sentencing to express remorse for the crime.