El Jebel murder suspect rejects plea deal

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) An El Jebel restaurant owner has rejected a plea deal in the July shooting death of a man his stepdaughter was living with.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports that Fredy Cabrera rejected a deal Tuesday that would have reduced his sentence for a plea to second-degree murder.

The deal called for dropping the first-degree charge in favor of second-degree murder, with a stipulated sentence of between 16 and 48 years in prison.

Cabrera appeared conflicted in court Tuesday and rejected the deal. His trial is scheduled for Sept. 22.

The 40-year-old Cabrera is accused of killing 21-year-old Douglas Menjivar outside the apartment where Menjivar and Cabrera's stepdaughter were living.

Cabrera remains in the Garfield County Jail without bond pending the upcoming trial.

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