Man sentenced in death of lawmaker's father

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX The penalty for 57-year-old Manuel Garcia was returned Thursday afternoon.

Jurors on Monday convicted Garcia of manslaughter in the October 2007 death of 59-year-old Ivan Alonso Herrero.

The altercation, in which the victim was punched, then fell and hit his head, took place in a restaurant after Herrero told a hostess that Garcia had cut in line to get a table.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports Garcia, who claimed self defense, also was fined $10,000.

The victim was the father of state Rep. Abel Herrero, D-Corpus Christi.

Garcia had faced up to 20 years in prison.

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