Utah man gets 40 years in prison for 2012 killings



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WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) — A Utah man who pleaded guilty to killing two people in a 2012 shootout has been sentenced to up to 40 years in prison.

Alexander Leroy Vasquez pleaded guilty earlier this year to two counts of manslaughter and one of discharging a firearm in connection with the deaths of his uncle, 41-year old Simon Vasquez, and 41-year-old Paul Giovale.

Prosecutor Josh Player says Alex Vasquez was responsible for arranging the meeting that ended with a shootout a deadly shootout. Simon Vasquez was paralyzed and eventually decided to be taken off life support.

Defense attorney David Mack says Alex Vasquez did not personally shoot his uncle and that his client's troubled youth, poor parenting and educational challenges contributed to a turbulent life.

Vasquez told the judge Tuesday that he's been trying to educate himself and improve his life.

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