MARTINEZ -- An Antioch man was sentenced to 26 years in prison Friday as part of a plea deal in the brutal slaying of another Antioch man in what police said was an argument of allegedly stolen tools.
Vincent Basulto, 19, pleaded to involuntary manslaughter, two counts of assault by force likely to cause great bodily injury and various enhancements in the July 2013 death of Daniel Ingram, 54. Basulto will be eligible for parole after serving 22 years and one month behind bars.
Police said Basulto's aunt and her boyfriend were living with Ingram rent-free when they suspected him of stealing some tools.
Basulto was asked by his aunt to intimidate Ingram into returning the stolen property. Police say Basulto hit Ingram in the face with an 8-pound weight and dropped a microwave on his head. Basulto then slit Ingram's throat and knifed him in the back, piercing his heart.
Three other defendants in the case -- Rose Basulto (Vincent Basulto's aunt), Avery Klein (Vincent Basulto's friend) and Lynn Jaeger (Ingram's girlfriend) -- previously pleaded to felony accessory after the fact. The case of Joshua Thayn, Rose Basulto's boyfriend, is pending on the same charge.
More than a dozen people attended the sentencing in support of Basulto, who stood in a prisoner's enclosure in the courtroom wearing glasses, his long black hair slicked back. Two women called out, "We love you, Vince," after the hearing was over, prompting a bailiff to ask the supporters to leave the courtroom.
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