- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - A man convicted of second-degree murder in the 2010 shooting of a woman in Artesia has been sentenced to 12 years of incarceration.

Prosecutors say 27-year-old Dallas Hnulik was sentenced Friday and an additional four years of his sentence was suspended.

In July, an Eddy County jury found Hnulik guilty in the shooting death of 32-year-old Brandy Capps.

Authorities say Capps died of a close-range gunshot wound to the head while she was sitting in the passenger seat of a car outside an Artesia home in July 2010.

Hnulik maintained that the gun accidentally discharged and he was in a relationship with Capps at the time.

He was arrested last year on charges of first-degree murder.

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