SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who gunned down another man who accused him of stealing $15,000 and 30 pounds of marijuana was sentenced today to 26 years in state prison.
Luis Niebla, 25, pleaded guilty in October to voluntary manslaughter and others charges stemming from the Nov. 25, 2006, death of Porfirio "Noe" Lopez.
The 29-year-old victim was shot seven times in the face and body after he told co-defendant Luis Bello that Niebla and another man, Ramon Hernandez, took the money and drugs from Bello the night before, according to Deputy District Attorney Chris Lindbergh.
Bello and others confronted Niebla, who denied the theft. Niebla, Bello and others then picked up the victim at the Plaza Bonita shopping center and took him to a spot behind some horse stables, where he was shot, Lindberg said.
The prosecutor called Lopez's killing "senseless" because the victim was not even involved in the theft.
The victim's daughter was 10 days old when he was slain, family members said.
"It hurts me very much what they did to him," said Imelda Lopez Valenzuela, the victim's mother. "It was not fair what was done to him in such a savage manner. I am dumbfounded."
Bello, 23, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, false imprisonment, transportation of marijuana and possession for sale of marijuana and was sentenced today to eight years and four months in prison by Judge Robert F. O'Neill.
Co-defendants Allan Constantino Ramirez, Christian Constantino Ramirez and Raymundo Meza pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit an assault with a deadly weapon, and Ramon Hernandez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess marijuana for sale. They are expected to be sentenced next Friday.
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