A former Roseville High School football player has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and a drug charge in connection with the killing of a 66-year-old man in Salem last year.
Beau Wesley Smith, 22, changed his plea on Monday and was sentenced to just over six years in prison.
Smith was a senior chemistry major and football player at Willamette University when he was arrested Nov. 12 about a half-mile from where Michael Hampshire’s body was found at 3:40 a.m. An autopsy showed Hampshire died of blunt-force injuries to the head. Smith was initially charged with murder.
A lawyer for Smith has said in court papers that the student acted in self-defense.
Smith also pleaded guilty to possession of illegal mushrooms. The Statesman Journal reported that Smith admitted having taken psilocybin mushrooms before his fight with Hampshire.