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Sacramento County man sentenced for attempted murder of girlfriend

A man convicted of attempting to murder his girlfriend at her north Sacramento County apartment in 2011 has been sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.

Levaughn Gaines, 23, was convicted by a Sacramento County jury in February of attempted murder and corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant. The jury also rejected Gaines’ claim that he was insane at the time of the offenses, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Gaines was sentenced Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Kevin McCormick.

In July 2011, Gaines shot his girlfriend six times, including once in the back of her head, authorities said. According to accounts in The Sacramento Bee at the time, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department deputies were called to the Sienna Vista apartment complex in the 4900 block of Little Oak Lane. After firing the shots, Gaines reportedly waited with the victim at the scene until deputies arrived.

The woman survived her injuries.