A man was sentenced to 21 years in prison today for the fatal shooting of a friend in Bay Point in 2010. Bay Point resident Prudencio Rubio, 33, received the sentence in a Martinez courtroom this afternoon in connection with the killing of 35-year-old Hector Sanchez, a friend with whom he used and sold methamphetamine, according to attorneys. Rubio was initially charged with murder for the fatal shooting but accepted a plea deal last month in exchange for the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter with an enhancement for the use of a gun. Deputy District Attorney Molly Manoukian said that at the time of the shooting, Rubio and Sanchez were in an ongoing dispute over a woman and that Sanchez had threatened the defendant in the days leading up to the shooting. Rubio appeared to be in a drug-fueled, paranoid state of mind when Sanchez paid him a visit at his Bay Point home the afternoon of Aug. 11, 2010, Manoukian said.
At some point during the encounter, the defendant shot Sanchez multiple times, killing him. Rubio also shot himself in the leg in the process, then fled in his yellow Ford Escape and led police on a chase on state Highway 4, according to police. When officers caught up with him a short time later, the defendant refused to get out of his car and repeatedly put a gun to his head. Police said a hostage negotiation team was able to coax Rubio out of the SUV after about an hour and arrest him. Rubio will be on lifelong parole upon his release from prison.
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