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Former Willamette football player sentenced to prison for manslaughter

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Beau Smith during 2014 court appearance (FOX 12 file image) Beau Smith during 2014 court appearance (FOX 12 file image)
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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

A former Willamette University football player accused of killing a man while on psilocybin mushrooms has been sentenced to more than six years in prison.  

Beau Smith, 22, pleaded guilty in court Monday to charges of second-degree manslaughter and possession of a controlled substance.

Smith was arrested in November 2014 on the charge of murder.

Police responded to D Street Northeast and Winter Street early in the morning of Nov. 12, 2014 after someone reported finding a body.

The victim was identified as 66-year-old Michael Hampshire. Smith was located nearby and taken into custody.

Detectives said Smith admitted consuming psilocybin mushrooms and getting into a fight with Hampshire. The medical examiner determined Hampshire died of homicidal violence.

At the time of his arrest, Smith attended Willamette University in Salem and played for the school's football team.

A profile on the university's website in November 2014 said Smith was a senior wide receiver majoring in chemistry.

He was sentenced to 75 months in prison for the manslaughter conviction and an additional six months on the drug charge, according to the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

Manslaughter is a Measure 11 offense with a mandatory minimum of 75 months in prison without parole. 

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