MARTINEZ -- A Bay Point man who killed his friend over a woman and led police on an hourlong chase in a bright yellow Ford Escape was sentenced to 21 years in prison Thursday.

Prudencio Rubio, 33, took a deal from prosecutors and pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter with use of a gun for fatally shooting 35-year-old Hector Sanchez, of Pittsburg, in Rubio's home on Aug. 11, 2010.

Attorneys say Rubio and Sanchez, friends who dealt and used methamphetamine together, were at odds over a woman.

Prosecutor Molly Manoukian said her office offered Rubio a plea deal because he had a strong self-defense claim; the victim had sent him a threatening text message before the killing.

Rubio led Contra Costa County authorities on a wild, high-speed chase that spanned 60 miles and ended back in front of his home, where he was taken into custody after threatening to shoot himself in the head.

Contact Malaika Fraley at 925-234-1684. Follow her at Twitter.com/malaikafraley.



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