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Florida Man Gets 12 Years For '99 Killing

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A South Florida man who was on the lam for more than a decade has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in a 1999 killing.

Antonio Hernandez-Cruz was captured in Oklahoma in 2011, two years after Palm Beach County authorities reopened the case. He pleaded guilty Monday and was sentenced to 12 years in state prison.

The victim was 30-year-old Roberto Arenas, who was killed outside a club in March 1999. A witness identified Hernandez-Cruz as the shooter of Arenas. Arenas' DNA was also found on a shirt Hernandez-Cruz was wearing.

The night of the killing, Hernandez-Cruz himself was treated at a local hospital for what turned out to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He told authorities then that he was attacked and robbed.


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