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San Pedro man who killed girlfriend with hammer gets 26 years

San Pedro man who killed girlfriend with hammer gets 26 years
Approximate location where Dana Milo, 59, was killed in 2012. The map also shows two other homicides within one mile of the incident in the last year. (Homicide Report)

A San Pedro man with a history of abusing women was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison for killing his girlfriend with a hammer, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Donald Lee Bush Jr., 55, was found guilty on Jan. 14 of first-degree murder, including the allegation that he used a hammer to kill Dana Milo, 59.

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He was sentenced Monday, according to the district attorney's office.

Bush and Milo lived together at a boarding house in San Pedro.

About 10 p.m. on May 23, 2012, residents at the home saw Milo watching television in her room. About 1:30 a.m., a resident saw Bush leave the room with the woman dead inside, prosecutors said.

Investigators found a hammer and blood on the floor of Milo's room and testified in court that the woman was bludgeoned to death.

After the incident, Bush was taken to a hospital to be treated for wounds that were eventually determined to be self-inflicted. Bush was then arrested in connection with Milo's death.

During the trial, witnesses testified that Bush had a history of abusing women. A jury deliberated for little more than three hours.

Twitter: @Sam_Schaefer

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