Jesus Noel Vara, 39, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the case of 35-year-old Miguel Arredondo’s death and a separate drug charge.
Vara received 10 years for the manslaughter charge, plus five years for the drug charge. The sentences will run concurrently. The punishment was handed down at 9 a.m. by 38th Judicial District Judge Camile DuBose in the Uvalde County Justice Center.
“We were hoping for a little bit more, but it is a fair plea given the facts of the case, and the victim’s family has OK’d the punishment,” said Christina Busbee, an assistant district attorney with the 38th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Vara was arrested in May of 2016 on indictments handed down by the Uvalde County grand jury in November of 2015 for manslaughter and for possessing between 4 and 200 grams of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1.
Vara and Arredondo were at a get-together when, according to Uvalde Police Department, a verbal confrontation broke out between the two men in the early hours of March 19, 2015.
Police say the disagreement escalated into a physical altercation and Vara struck Arredondo several times, causing the victim to fall back and hit his head on concrete in the 400 block of West Oak Street.
Vara, who was dating Arredondo’s sister, and his girlfriend left the scene. Arredondo was taken to Uvalde Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries.