Sat, Oct 06 2012 12:00 PM Posted By: Neal Putnam
A National City murder suspect who was shot by Ventura police after he fled the area in 2011 has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.
Jesus Farias, 31, was ordered to pay $4,952.04 in funeral expenses for Antonio Vargas, 56, whom he shot to death on June 27, 2011, in the victim’s apartment in the 2000 block of F Avenue in National City.
Farias was fined $10,000 by a Chula Vista Superior Court judge last month and given credit for 483 days he has spent in jail.
He pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter on July 30 and a murder charge was dropped.
Farias received 11 years for manslaughter and a 10-year consecutive term for the gun use. He got another year for having a prior felony conviction.
According to witnesses, Vargas and Farias were acquainted and Vargas accused Farias of theft. Farias became angered, saying he felt disrespected, and shot him.
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