A man who said he accidentally killed his girlfriend while shooting at the Chihuahua lying next to her on the bed has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, according to court records.
Samuel Campos, 46, is scheduled to be sentenced May 6 for the shooting death of Josephine Navarro, 41, a transient who, with Campos, was temporarily living in a 40-foot trailer near Willits.
District Attorney David Eyster said Campos faces six to 21 years in prison.
"It seems an appropriate punishment if I can get the courts to impose 21 years," he said. "I made it clear in court that's what I'd be asking for."
Once he serves his sentence, Campos, who was in the country illegally, will be deported to El Salvador, Eyster said.
He called the shooting a "stupid and bad act."
Campos told authorities he and Navarro had fought the night before because he'd inadvertently injured their pet dog.
He said Navarro was lying in bed with the Chihuahua when he decided to shoot it. He missed once, but fired again, hitting Navarro in the chest.
Rather than phone for medical help, he fled and contacted his attorney, who advised him to call police, Eyster said.
"She didn't expire immediately," Eyster said.
Campos had been drinking alcohol and was angry that the dog, which apparently feared Campos after he had broken its leg, would not allow him to come near, he said.
One of the bullets grazed the dog's snout.
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