Sioux City man rejects plea agreement in killing

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.

The Sioux City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/H2f2jL) 35-year-old Fernando Jaimes-Martinez was offered a chance to plead guilty to second-degree murder and be sentenced to 50 years in prison. If he’s 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 27-year-old Karla Gonzalez.

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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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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