LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who bludgeoned his friend to death with a sledgehammer at a Los Angeles construction site has been sentenced to 16 years to life in prison.
Twenty-one-year-old Christian Valdez was sentenced Monday for second-degree murder.
Prosecutors say Valdez and 19-year-old Juan Sanchez were longtime friends who worked together on a construction site in the Silver Lake neighborhood.
Authorities say Valdez showed up to work drunk last May and was told to go home. He borrowed Sanchez’s car but crashed into a parked car.
Authorities say Sanchez hoped his friend would pay for the damage but instead, Valdez later returned to work and bludgeoned Sanchez with a sledgehammer and a framing hammer.
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