Guam man sentenced for girlfriend’s death in 2013 shooting

HAGATNA, Guam — A Guam man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting his girlfriend after an argument about burned rice in 2013.

The Pacific Daily News reports Clifford San Nicolas was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to charges of manslaughter and possession of a deadly weapon.

Valene Borja was shot in the neck and died from complications a year after the attack.

San Nicolas was convicted of intentional murder, reckless murder, family violence, possession of a firearm without an identification card following a 2015 trial.

The Supreme Court of Guam granted him a new trial in 2016, finding faults with his court proceedings.

Attorney John Terlaje says his client will be eligible for parole after serving 80 percent of his sentence.

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