LARAMIE (AP) — A man was sentenced to up to 18 years in prison after he fatally shot his former co-worker in a Wyoming parking lot in 2003.
Albany County District Court Judge Tori Kricken sentenced 41-year-old Fidel Serrano to 12-18 years after he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter last year, the Laramie Boomerang reported Friday.
The first-degree murder charge was dropped in exchange for the plea, prosecutors said.
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Serrano accepted an open plea, meaning there was no agreement on what sentence he should receive. Voluntary manslaughter carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.
Serrano and Ramon Galvan-Morales were co-workers at Rocky Mountain Forest Products in Laramie. Serrano shot Galvan-Morales two days after they got into a fight at a dance in Cheyenne, witnesses told police.
Serrano's attorney, Randy Hiller, argued Galvan-Morales claimed to have killed Serrano’s girlfriend.
Prosecutor Ben Harwich sought the maximum sentence, arguing “the defendant killed a human being in cold blood.”
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