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Gunman gets prison for murdering teenage girl

January 6, 2012 |  4:27 pm

A 20-year-old San Diego man was sentenced Friday to 64 years to life in prison for the murder of a 15-year-old girl in a neighborhood park in August 2010.

Luis Barron fired a shotgun from a passing car in an attempt to kill Joanna Vargas' boyfriend. The couple were dancing in a park in the Clairemont neighborhood of San Diego.

Instead of hitting her boyfriend, the blast struck Vargas in the back, according to testimony at the trial in San Diego County Superior Court.

Barron was convicted of first-degree murder.


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Photo: Luis Barron weeps as he sentenced to 64 years to life for murdering a teenage girl. Credit: John Gastaldo / U-T San Diego