Man who used brick to murder ex-wife sentenced

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A San Gabriel man who fatally beat his ex-wife with a brick outside her Chula Vista home last year was sentenced Thursday to 25 years to life in state prison.

Rand Eugene Huffman, 65, pleaded guilty in February to first-degree murder.

The defendant admitted attacking his ex-wife, 63-year-old Martha Huffman, on Feb. 26, 2014, outside a home on Twin Oaks Circle. The victim was hospitalized and died April 13.

The day of the beating, neighbors reported hearing screams and seeing a man dragging a woman behind her home. Officers found the defendant holding a knee to the victim’s neck. Police said the defendant had slammed a brick into the victim’s head.

Authorities said the Huffmans divorced more than 30 years ago, and their son lived with his mother.

Defense attorney Stephen Cline said the defendant suffers from mental health issues that have plagued him throughout his life.

The son had rekindled a relationship with his father, but the two had a dispute over a property deal and the son had taken out a restraining order against the older man, police said.

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