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Jaimes-Martinez GUILTY of voluntary manslaughter

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

"We the jury find the defendant on count one of the trial information guilty of voluntary manslaughter," Hon. Jeffrey Poulson, Woodbury County Judge said.

Fernando Jaimes-Martinez faced several charges including first-degree murder, but is found guilty of a lesser charge in the death of a Sioux City woman.

The jury deliberated for about four hours Monday and just an hour and a half on Tuesday before the verdict came down at 11 o'clock Tuesday..

Martinez was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and intimidation with a dangerous weapon with an intent to harm.

Because he was found guilty of a lesser charge than first degree murder, Martinez's charges only carry a maximum total of 45 years according to his defense attorney, Mike Williams. 

The trial ended up lasting a total of two weeks including jury selection.

Previously, Martinez pleaded guilty to a charge of a felon in possession of a firearm.

His sentencing on all charges is set for December 27, but the defense asked for an earlier date for sentencing.



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