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Man sentenced to life in Vegas machete killing
by Associated Press
Jul 25, 2012 | 1034 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 33-year-old man who killed a woman with a machete in Las Vegas will spend the rest of his life in prison after jurors decided to forgo the death penalty.

Clark County jurors decided 33-year-old Victor Cruz-Garcia’s fate Tuesday. They convicted him last week of first-degree murder in the death of 46-year-old Beatrice Alvarez. Cruz-Garcia was also convicted of two counts of attempted murder for attacking the woman’s sons in 2007.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the jury decided to spare Cruz-Garcia’s life because of mitigating circumstances, such as the violence he witnessed growing up during a civil war in El Salvador.

Cruz-Garcia had recently moved in with his girlfriend into Alvarez’s apartment weeks before the attack.
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