Vancouver man sentenced to 25 years in prison for 2019 murder of a 69-year-old man

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A Vancouver man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for the murder of a 69-year-old man in early 2019, the Vancouver Police said Tuesday.

“Just before midnight on January 26, 2019, Vancouver Police responded to several 9-1-1 calls about a shooting near Fraser Street and East 51 Avenue,” the Vancouver Police said in a statement.

The statement further added that the Vancouver resident Zenen Cepeda Silva was found suffering from a gunshot injury and was transported to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Alvaro Julio Roche-Garcia, 60, was arrested days after the incident and charges were approved by BC Prosecution Services.

Following a trial, a jury returned a guilty verdict on November 6. Roche-Garcia was sentenced to an automatic 25 years in prison.

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