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Man gets life in slaying of Tulare deputy

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VISALIA (AP) — A Central Valley man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the slaying of a Tulare County Sheriff’s detective.

A judge issued the sentence against 25-year-old Jorge Banda on Monday. Banda was convicted in August of first-degree murder in the 2007 killing of Detective Kent Haws on a rural road near Ivanhoe.

Authorities say Banda shot the 38-year-old Haws four times after Haws spotted him walking into an orange grove and stopped to see what he was doing. They alleged Banda — a convicted felon — was trying to avoid going to jail for possession of a firearm and an illegal methamphetamine pipe.

Banda’s attorney argued that her client did not intend to kill Haws, but suffered from voices in his head.

A witness reported seeing the shooter standing over Haws and firing one last shot before Haws stopped moving.


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