A man accused in the November 2014 shooting death of Daniel Cornejo on West Avenue in Gainesville has been handed a life sentence in the crime.
Hall County District Attorney Lee Darragh confirmed the conviction and sentence for Hector Alejandro Bautista. He said both the conviction and sentence were handed down Thursday in Hall County Superior Court.
"On the malice murder count, he was found guilty of the reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter. On the felony murder count, he was found guilty. On the aggravated assault charge or charges he was found guilty," Darragh wrote in an email.
He said all the verdicts were merged into the felony murder count.
"[Bautista] was sentenced to life in prison, which carries a minimum mandatory 30 years to serve in prison before parole consideration," Darragh said.
Cornejo was shot to death the night of Nov. 19, 2014. A second suspect in the case, David Olivas, remains at large.
Bautista fled the country after the murder and was tracked down by law enforcement in Mexico last year. He was returned to Gainesville to faces charges in the murder.