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Tucson man facing prison term in 2018 death of girlfriend

February 11, 2020 GMT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson man accused in the 2018 killing of his live-in girlfriend has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Pima County prosecutors say 23-year-old Joshua Hilaire was facing charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and robbery.

He has pleaded guilty to an amended count of domestic violence-related second-degree murder.

Prosecutors say the plea carries a presumptive sentence of 16 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

Hilaire is scheduled to be sentenced on March 23.

He has been in the county jail since turning himself in to Tucson police two days after the May 6, 2018 death of 18-year-old Rosaura Hernandez.

Authorities say Hernandez’s family members broke into the midtown apartment she shared with Hilaire after they were unable to reach her.

The woman was found unresponsive. Police later declared her dead at the scene.