VISTA (CNS) - A Temecula resident who was 17 when he gunned down his brother-in-law to protect his sister from her abusive and unfaithful husband pleaded guilty Tuesday to voluntary manslaughter.
Cesar Magdaleno, now 19, also admitted an allegation that he used a firearm to kill 26-year-old Hector Nava at an Oceanside apartment on Oct. 18, 2009.
Though he was in high school at the time, the defendant was charged as an adult.
At a hearing last year, Vista Judge Joel Pressman called Nava's death a "tragedy."
Luz Nava testified that she had told her brother about problems she was having with her husband in the months before he died.
The woman said her spouse seemed to be getting money from unknown sources, and she also thought he was meeting women on the Internet.
Hector Nava also joked that he might have been behind an assault on his wife in San Marcos, she testified.
Cesar Magdaleno will be sentenced to 16 years in prison at a hearing May 3, said Deputy District Attorney George Loyd.
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