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Plant City shooter sentenced to life term
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Plant City shooter sentenced to life term

Plant City, FL -- A Plant City shooter responsible for a massive manhunt that shut down the city and involved the death of a bystander was sentenced to life today.

Francisco Rangel was sentenced this morning to life in prison for second degree murder and 30 years for attempted murder. Rangel was convicted earlier this month with second degree murder in the fatal shooting of Michael James Longoria and attempted second degree murder in the wounding of Vidal Quijada.

On December 4, 2008, Rangel fatally shot Longoria in the abdomen and chest and also shot Quijada when he tried to run away from Rangel.

The next day, detectives spotted Rangel driving through the back roads east of Plant City. The manhunt involved more than 400 officers from local, county, and state agancies. The search shut down streets, all area schools, and even caused the cancellation of the city's annual Christmas parade until Rangel was finally caught.

Bystander Candelario Lagunes, 58, was killed by one of Rangel's stray bullets during an exchange with officers.

Rangel could still face the death penalty on charges springing from the December 2008 manhunt, including the death of a Lagunes. He is awaiting trial in that case.

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