Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Woman in Buena Park 34 Years Ago

A 53-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced to 11 years in prison, or time already served in jail awaiting trial, for killing a young woman in her bedroom in Buena Park 34 years ago.

Daniel Edward McDermott, who has been in custody since Dec. 12, 2012, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

As part of the plea deal, a charge of special circumstances murder while committing rape was dismissed. Because McDermott has credit for 5,164 days in custody he will be released from custody.

It was an unexpected plea as McDermott’s trial was underway and jurors had heard weeks of testimony. If he had been convicted he would have faced life in prison without the possibility of parole.