Spencer Crawford pleads guilty to manslaughter in camping trip killing

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BOULDER, Colo. — Spencer Crawford, the 20-year-old accused of stabbing a teenager to death on a camping trip near Nederland this spring, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and drug distribution last week, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said.

Crawford will serve between two and six years in prison after accepting a plea deal, prosecutors said. In exchange for the plea, Crawford avoided a charge of second-degree murder.

Crawford, a Boulder resident, was implicated in the June killing of Angus Gaudin, 17. The two were camping with friends at the time of the incident. Gaudin was found dead of a stab wound about 3 a.m., prompting witnesses to call police.

Crawford told paramedics he and Gaudin had taken LSD and mushrooms and had drunk “moonshine,” the Daily Camera reported. Crawford told officials that he became concerned that Gaudin might attack someone with a machete, so he stabbed him preemptively.

It did not appear that a machete was found at the scene, the Daily Camera reported.

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