TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – The Lafayette man convicted of voluntary manslaughter was sentenced to 10 years behind bars.
Misael Sanchez, 33, was charged with murder last year for killing Marisol Arze-Lujan, 25, in their Lafayette home last year.
Authorities found Sanchez in Arkansas with the couple’s three children.
During the trial last month, a taped video of Sanchez was played for the jury while he was in custody in Arkansas. In that video, Sanchez confessed to killing Arze-Lujan, his longtime girlfriend. He said she was hitting him and yelling at him before he grabbed her by the neck for several minutes.
The jury convicted Sanchez of the lesser charge voluntary manslaughter, because they said he acted under what’s called “sudden heat.”
In court Friday, the defense recommended the judge sentence Sanchez to eight years behind bars for killing his girlfriend. The state asked for the maximum of 20 years.
Sanchez was emotional as he read a letter to the judge Friday. Sanchez said he wishes he could take back what happened. He said he was sorry for the pain he caused their three children, and said one day he will have to tell them the truth about how their mother died.
On top of the 10 year sentence Sanchez will have to pay $5,000 in restitution.