Man sentenced to 40 years to life in deadly shooting

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A man was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison Tuesday after being convicted of murder and other charges in a 2016 shooting.

A jury in June convicted Jeffrey Tapia of second-degree murder with a gang affiliation sentencing enhancement in the May 11, 2016, shooting of 31-year-old Benjamin Mendoza, court records show.

Tapia, 24, was also found guilty of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to court records.

Two co-defendants, Daniel Marquez, 23, and Ricky Cortez, 22, pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and were each sentenced in September to 19 years in prison.

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