TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa man at the center of a massive police chase has been sentenced to life in prison for killing one man and wounding another.
A Hillsborough County judge sentenced 27-year-old Francisco Rangel on Tuesday. He was convicted by a jury earlier this month of second-degree murder for fatally shooting Michael James Longoria and attempted second-degree murder in the wounding of Vidal Quijada.
Rangel's attorney argued that the men trying to collect money for people in South Florida and that Rangel shot them in self-defense.
Rangel was arrested in December 2008, following a manhunt that involved about 400 law enforcement officers. During a shootout with police in Plant City, authorities say Rangel killed bystander 58-year-old Candelario Lagunes. He faces a possible death sentence when that case goes to trial.
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