A 40-year-old Fresno man was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years to life in prison for fatally shooting his daughter’s boyfriend a year ago.
Israel Thomas Garcia’s punishment resulted from a plea agreement he made in Fresno County Superior Court last month when he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
As part of the agreement, Garcia waived his right to appeal his prison sentence, prosecutor William Lacy said.
A criminal complaint accused Garcia of killing 28-year-old Lathan Ma, the father of four children, on June 17, 2015, inside his home at an apartment complex on McKinley Avenue near Millbrook Avenue in central Fresno.
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Police said the victim, who was known as Nate Ma, was shot several times in the kitchen after answering a knock on a door to his apartment. Ten shell casings from a 40-caliber firearm were found.