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Man sentenced to prison in 2008 party death



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of another man at a party near the University of Utah last year has been sentenced to one to 15 years in prison.

Michael Anthony Rix, 23, of Taylorsville, entered the plea to the second-degree felony last month in 3rd District Court.

Court records show that as part of a plea agreement, a charge of discharging a firearm from a vehicle was dropped and the manslaughter charge was reduced.

Charges alleged that Rix shot and killed 26-year-old Robert Ramirez on Feb. 10, 2008, outside a duplex after a fight broke out. A warrant filed in court says witnesses told police Rix shot Ramirez after an argument over stolen alcohol.

Court records show that Rix also was ordered to pay $7,000 in restitution.

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Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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