An ex-Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy pleaded no contest Tuesday to killing a former neighbor in Sylmar.
Francisco “Frank” Gamez II entered the plea to second-degree murder and attempted murder charges in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom, according to Greg Risling, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George Lomeli sentenced Gamez, a 45-year-old Latino, to 25 years to life in prison.
A defense attorney could not be reached for comment.
Gamez was a detective in West Hollywood and worked for the Sheriff’s Department for 17 years, but his career took a violent turn on June 17, 2012.
Authorities said Gamez’s then-20-year-old son got into a dispute with Armando “Cookie” Casillas, a well-known figure in Sylmar.
Gamez had lived for several years near Casillas before moving to San Fernando.
After the fight, Gamez’s son called his ...