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Providence man gets life term in killing of man in hotel

A Providence man has pleaded guilty in the killing of a South Carolina man in a Middletown hotel.

Forty-one-year-old Todd Sollo waived indictment Wednesday in Newport and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 51-year-old Mark Lussier of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Sollo was sentenced to life in prison under the plea agreement. A Newport woman charged in Lussier's death still faces a trial.

Authorities say Lussier, formerly of Exeter, was found partially submerged in a hot tub at the Quality Inn in Middletown on March 1.

Authorities say the three were drinking together all day on Feb. 29, then went back to Lussier's room. They say Sollo beat Lussier to death and left his body in the tub.

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