Fresno Man Sentenced to Life for Killing 2 Over Lost Dog

By Associated Press
|  Monday, Jul 15, 2013  |  Updated 6:25 PM PDT
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Fresno Man Sentenced to Life for Killing 2 Over Lost Dog

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A Fresno man who shot and killed two people and paralyzed a third in a dispute over a lost dog has been sentenced to 82 years to life in prison, plus two life terms without the possibility of parole.

Forty-four-year-old Martin Villalobos Hernandez was sentenced on Monday. Prosecutors say Hernandez was searching for his lost Chihuahua in May 2006 when he entered a home through a back door and fatally shot 22-year-old Nicole Allen and 23-year-old James Rodriguez in front of their three children.

The victim's brother, Joseph Rodriguez, was also shot in the back and is now in a wheelchair.

Hernandez fled to Mexico but was later arrested and sent back to Fresno.

He denies committing the crimes. But Hernandez' son and sister told police Hernandez confessed to them.

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