VISTA (CNS) - A 33-year-old man who pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for his involvement in the 2008 beating death of a teenager on the Pala Indian Reservation is expected to be sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in state prison.
Brent Lee Molina pleaded guilty on Aug. 15, the same day he was to go on trial in connection with the death of 18-year-old Devin Blackowl.
In addition to voluntary manslaughter, Molina pleaded guilty to kidnapping, mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon charges. He will be sentenced at the Vista courthouse Tuesday to 15 years in state prison, according to the prosecution.
A co-defendant, 32-year-old John Edward Maxcy, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 8 to 15 years to life behind bars.
The victim's body was discovered on July 24, 2008, in a dirt lot off Lilac Road, which was popular with off-roaders. A security surveillance camera caught the 90-second beating on tape.
A motive for the killing was not known, although it is believed Maxcy and Blackowl knew each other, authorities have said.
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