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Escondido man sentenced to 11 years for sister’s death following fight

A man who inflicted fatal injuries on his older sister during a family fight in Escondido was sentenced Friday to 11 years in state prison.

Jose Enrique Bautista, 29, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in Vista Superior Court in connection with the death of 27-year-old Laura Bautista, who was a mother of three.

Police responded on Jan. 18, 2019 — the defendant’s 25th birthday — for a report of a medical emergency on East 15th Avenue near South Juniper Street.

Laura Bautista was found there unresponsive shortly before 1 a.m., according to police. She was hospitalized in grave condition, and died less than a week later, police said.

Police said the fight stemmed from a family argument. Bautista was detained at the scene and later arrested.

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