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Auburn man who killed girlfriend sentenced to 69 years to life in prison

An Auburn man who fatally shot his girlfriend during an argument, then fired at deputies as they tried to apprehend him, has been sentenced to 69 years to life in state prison.

Daniel Espinoza, 35, pleaded guilty in October to one count of second-degree murder and admitted to using a firearm in the commission of the crime, according to a Placer County District Attorney’s Office news release. He also pleaded guilty to three counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and an enhancement of discharging a firearm. He was sentenced Thursday in Placer County Superior Court.

Espinoza and Christine Rosales, his girlfriend and the mother of his child, began arguing while attending a quinceanera celebration on July 10, 2016. The dispute continued at home. During the argument, Espinoza shot Rosales with a .40 caliber handgun while she was on the ground, killing her instantly, the news release said. The shooting occurred while the couple’s 4-year-old daughter was in the home.

Espinoza fled, and Placer County sheriff’s deputies located him later that night at the Newcastle Cemetery. Espinoza shot at the deputies until he ran out of ammunition. Deputies then took him into custody.

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