Mass. man gets prison for soccer argument killing

October 25, 2011 - 6:00 PM

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who admitted killing his roommate in a drunken argument over a soccer game has been sentenced to at least 15 years in prison.

The Worcester (WUS'-tur) Telegram & Gazette reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/vYzrGQ) 32-year-old Felix Garcia pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter in a deal with prosecutors.

Garcia had faced a murder charge in the October 2009 shooting of 26-year-old Juan Manuel Trejo Hernandez.

Prosecutors say Garcia was drunk when he argued with Hernandez over a referee's call as they watched the game on television at their Worcester apartment. They say Garcia shot Hernandez with a handgun when he tried to calm down Garcia.

Hernandez's brother, Miguel Trejo, said in a statement read in court by the judge nothing could alleviate his family's pain.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette, http://www.telegram.com