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* Bradley Kleiman pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter of Christopher Calvache in Hillborough

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Almost two years after Christopher Calvache was fatally shot in a Hillborough home’s pool house by his longtime friend, a Redwood City judge today sentenced the man responsible to seven years in state prison, according to prosecutors. Bradley Kleiman, 32, of Hillsborough, pleaded no contest in January to voluntary manslaughter and the use of a firearm in the June 15, 2010, death of Calvache.

At the sentence hearing this morning, Calvache’s mother, father, sister and niece addressed the court and spoke about the harm the killing has caused their family, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Kleiman has already accrued 745 days — or about two years — of credit toward his sentence. He was also ordered to pay restitution to Calvache’s family and to the state of California, Wagstaffe said.

The amount he will owe is to be determined by the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Wagstaffe said. Police said they received a 911 call from Kleiman at 6:05 p.m. during which Kleiman told them he had shot Calvache after Calvache pulled a gun on him. Calvache had been visiting Kleiman at 100 De Salba Road, where Kleiman lived in his parents’ pool house.

When officers arrived, they found Calvache dead with multiple gunshot wounds and saw Kleiman carrying marijuana plants in the backyard, according to prosecutors. Only one gun was found at the scene. According to prosecutors, Calvache and Kleiman met at the pool house and had plans to get dinner but got into an argument during which Kleiman shot Calvache twice in the head and once in the buttocks.

The homicide was the first in six years in the affluent Peninsula town of just more than 11,000 residents, considered one of the most affluent in the country. In January, Kleiman also pleased no contest to a felony allegation. According to prosecutors, Kleiman had a hold for violating his parole for a 2006 incident for which he was convicted of recklessly evading a police officer and felony driving under the influence causing injury.

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  • It is difficult to believe Christopher pulled a gun on Brad or that there was an argument. Christopher per the Grand Jury Papers was sitting in a chair with his back turned & shot from a distance. There was no stippling or gun smoke residue. There was no sign of a struggle. Who argues with their back turned? This murder should have gone before a Jury Trial rather than a Plea Bargin or as many people have said, A Sell Out! Most of the charges were dropped due to a Miranda violation when Brad was Interrogated. Just go & sit in a courtroom for a day & you will see people getting far greater sentences for far less crimes as well as High Fines. Brad & Christopher did not have plans to go for dinner…That is what Brad said! Brad was sure busy hiding his Marajuana Plants when the police came & under the infulence. Is that a Parole violation? Brad had a gun & shot Christopher without Christopher ever knowing of his fate. Brad picking up a gun is another Parole Violation. Christopher also had spinal cord injuries & would not be a match in a fight. Restitution? For who? I think I only heard of a fine of $700.00 You would have a higher fine speeding & running a red light. There has been no justice for Christopher, The Community or Christopehr’s Family & Friend’s! Brad got a Hall Pass!!! This is an outrage & just goes to show you money & influence tips the scale of Justice in the wrong direction!

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