Beaverton man sentenced for Vancouver slaying

first_imgA 33-year-old Beaverton, Ore., man was sentenced Friday to eight-and-a-half years in prison for the fatal stabbing of a Vancouver man in April 2012.Miguel Angel Gonzalez pleaded guilty May 24 in Clark County Superior Court to first-degree manslaughter of Jose Luis Chavira-Cruz, 37, and dumping his remains in a remote area near Mount Hood. Prosecutors reduced the charge from first-degree murder as part of a plea agreement because police mistakes during the defendant’s interrogation threatened to derail the murder case.Judge Robert Lewis sentenced Gonzalez to 102 months, the maximum allowable under the state’s sentencing guidelines, at the request of Deputy Prosecutor Dan Gasperino. Gonzalez also will be required to serve three years of probation and return $4,000 he took from Chavira-Cruz’s fiancee.“The state treats him as the one who stabbed Mr. Chavira-Cruz to death,” Gasperino told the judge. “Unfortunately, we had these issues, and we had to make this plea agreement as a result of that.”Gonzalez’s attorney, Charles Buckley Jr., asked for the minimum sentence of 90 months based on his client’s lack of criminal history and cooperation in disclosing the location of the victim’s body.After the sentencing, Chavira-Cruz’s fiancee, Lorena Rodriguez, left the courtroom and wept as the victim’s younger brother held her in his arms.last_img

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