Man Sentenced in Shooting

Man Sentenced in Shooting

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Jose Avilles has been sentenced to five years to life in prison for the shooting of a man with whom he had at a dispute a few days earlier.

Avilles was 17 when he shot Ruben A. Salinas in the head on November 24th, 2002.

Avilles, now 18, was sentenced Friday under a plea bargain in which a gang-enhancement and a firearms charge were dismissed.

Co-defendant Jose Alfredo Torres is to be sentenced May 30th for second-degree felony manslaughter.

Both men were minors at the time of the killing but were charged as adults.

Authorities said Salinas was driving south on Redwood Road when Torres drove up and rolled down the window. Torres and Avilles recognized Salinas from a dispute that had occurred a few days earlier. Avilles allegedly grabbed the gun from the back seat and shot Salinas.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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