Elkhart man accused of murder sentenced for voluntary manslaughter

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The 22 year old Elkhart man accused of murder was sentenced by plea agreement to voluntary manslaughter.

Alberto Alvarez pleaded guilty during a lunchtime break of his jury trial in August for the murder of 17 year old Xz’Avion Harris.

The probable cause affidavit says Alvarez’s girlfriend called police on April 28 to report that her partner had shot somebody outside.

Alvarez reportedly said that he had the 17 year old came to buy marijuana from him but that the victim had shot him first.

Alvarez reportedly grabbed his own gun and fired several shots back, eventually killing Harris. The Goshen News reports Alvarez was sentenced to 17.5 years, enhanced for aggravating circumstances and penalty for use of a firearm, to a total of 43 years.

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