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Man Accused Of Shooting And Burying Man In His Backyard Gets 10 Years

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Joseph Rubalcava (credit: California Dept. Of Motor Vehicles)

Joseph Rubalcava (credit: California Dept. Of Motor Vehicles)

WHITTIER (CBSLA.com) — A Pico Rivera man accused of killing a 19-year-old man and then burying the body in his own backyard has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Robert Charles Redd, 53, was convicted last month with second-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of Joseph Rubalcava, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

A Norwalk Superior Court judge agreed to reduce the charge to voluntary manslaughter.

During a search, the victim’s family discovered a shallow grave on Redd’s property and called authorities. According to prosecutors, an examination of Rubalcava’s body revealed he was shot once in the head.

Redd was arrested on July 22, 2011 and jailed on $1 million bail.

He faced 25 years to life in prison.

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