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Man sentenced to life in murder case takes plea in separate case
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A Gainesville man convicted by a jury last month in the November 2014 West Avenue fatal shooting took a plea deal in a separate case Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Hector Bautista was found guilty Jan. 25 on charges of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault and on the lesser-included offense of voluntary manslaughter, which was originally charged as malice murder, in the death of Daniel Cornejo, 21. Bautista was sentenced to life in prison.

On Wednesday, the district attorney’s office decided not to prosecute four charges from a 2015 indictment, including first-degree burglary, felony obstruction of an officer, theft by taking and violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, according to court documents.

He was given a five-year sentence for felony theft by receiving, which will run concurrently with the other sentence, according to court documents.

Defense attorney Dan Sammons, who represented Bautista in both cases, previously told The Times there would likely be an appeal of the murder conviction.

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