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Man Gets 17-year Term in Fatal Shooting of Manuel Sanchez

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WASHINGTON — A Maryland man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison in the murder of a man during an attempted robbery.

Twenty-year-old Rafael Douglas of Capitol Heights was sentenced Friday in Superior Court. He had pleaded guilty in August to second-degree murder while armed.

Prosecutors say Douglas and another man tried to rob two workers making repairs to a building in southeast on May 28, 2010.

Authorities say a fight broke out and Douglas’ accomplice shot 29-year-old Manuel De Jesus Sanchez in the chest, killing him.

Prosecutors say the gunman was later killed in an unrelated shooting.

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