- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - The hit man in the 1998 murder-for-hire killing of a California prison guard has been sentenced to 21 years in prison.

City News Service says Guillermo Espinoza was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter. He was arrested in Mexico in March.

He’s the last man charged in the death of Elizabeth Begaren. The prison guard was shot on a freeway onramp in Anaheim in what appeared to be a robbery.

But prosecutors say her husband, Nuzzio Begaren, hired gang members to kill her in order to collect on a $1 million insurance policy.

He’s serving 25 years to life.

Two other men earlier pleaded guilty - one to conspiracy and the other to voluntary manslaughter.

Both testified against Begaren, served time and have been released.


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