Antonio Guerrero, the 21-year-old Milpitas resident arrested in connection with the fatal shooting last year of 18-year-old David Benavidez, was sentenced Friday to state prison.
"He was sentenced to 14 years," Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Chuck Gillingham said.
The prosecutor added the victim's family also made a statement to the court during the morning hearing at San Jose Hall of Justice.
Last November, Guerrero pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.
On Oct. 15, 2011 at 1:08 a.m., Milpitas police officers responded to the 500 block of Heath Street on reports of a gunshot and a person down on the 400 block of Chestnut Avenue.
Officers found Benavidez, a Milpitas resident, had suffered a gunshot wound to the back of his head. The young father who worked at the Morrill Avenue Target store was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Within days of the shooting, Milpitas detectives developed information through witness interviews, recovered evidence and DNA testing conducted on that evidence that identified Guerrero as the suspect in the shooting, according to police.
On Feb. 11, 2012, Gilroy Police Department officers arrested Guerrero in that city, booked on a single count of homicide.
Police later determined that on the night of the shooting, Guerrero was riding in the back seat of a 1996 Honda Accord with Benavidez in the front passenger seat as they headed toward a house party. Guerrero
"The best evidence that we had was that this was an accidental shooting," Gillingham previously told the Milpitas Post, adding the suspect had been putting the handgun inside his waistband and pulling it out again before the weapon fired. "It was not an intentional killing."
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