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A Lexington Park man, who identified himself last winter as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, pleaded guilty on Thursday afternoon to first-degree murder in the Feb. 19 beating death of his estranged wife with a chunk of concrete.

James Mitchell Carter, 46, went into Kimberly Dawn Carter’s Great Mills area home at about 3 a.m. that day, according to a prosecutor.

After James Carter initially attacked the woman in her bedroom, the prosecutor said, he followed her as she went out a window into the backyard.

Carter picked up the chunk of concrete to beat the woman on her head and shoulders, St. Mary’s State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz (R) said at the plea hearing, and police later found Carter’s bloody clothes along Willows Road near Park Hall.

Carter’s plea agreement calls for him to be sentenced to life in prison, but with the possibility of parole.

jwharton@somdnews.com