Woman sentenced to 20 years for killing man near casino 

Angela Meza pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter charges in the fatal shooting of a man near Alpine. She's shown above in court at a hearing where the judge ordered her face not be shown.

EL CAJON, Calif. — A woman who fatally shot a man at the victim’s Alpine-area home was sentenced Monday to 20 years in state prison.

Angela Marie Meza, 49, pleaded guilty to a voluntary manslaughter charge last month for the May 16, 2017, killing of 42-year-old Lorenzo Rodriguez, whose death was initially reported as a possible suicide.

Meza had been set to stand trial on a murder charge carrying a potential 65-year-to-life sentence when she entered her plea to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors have not disclosed a motive for the killing, but Deputy District Attorney Kristi Gill said Meza had only met Rodriguez earlier that day.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to investigate the fatality in a back-country area just west of Viejas Casino shortly after 6:30 p.m. and found Rodriguez dead from a gunshot wound to his upper body.

Meza was one of several people at the victim’s home on Viejas Grade Road when authorities arrived.

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