SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City man charged with murder in the 2012 shooting death of a woman has rejected a plea agreement that would have let him avoid a potential lifetime prison sentence.
Fernando Jaimes-Martinez, 35, was offered a chance to plead guilty to second-degree murder and be sentenced to 50 years in prison. If he is convicted of first-degree murder, Jaimes-Martinez would face a life sentence.
Through an interpreter Friday, Jaimes-Martinez rejected the offer, telling Judge Jeffrey Poulson, “I’m not going to accept 50 years.”
Jaimes-Martinez is accused of firing a gun into a crowd on Sept. 22, 2012, and killing Karla Gonzalez, 27.
Besides first-degree murder, he’s charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon, willful injury and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
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