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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A Tucson man convicted of first-degree murder and other charges in a 2011 home invasion has been sentenced to life in prison.

Pima County prosecutors say 28-year-old Manuel Jesus Pesqueira was sentenced Wednesday.

He must serve 25 years on the murder charge before being eligible for parole and at least 30 years on the other charges.

Pesqueira was accused of being one of two men who broke into an apartment looking for drugs on June 29, 2011.

The other suspect allegedly shot 25-year-old Leonardo Cota-Leyva in the head.

Authorities say Cota-Leyva died a few days later.

The Arizona Daily Star says Pesqueira was sentenced to 15 years each for kidnapping and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

He also was sentenced for armed robbery and aggravated robbery.


Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com

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