A repeat offender who killed a man during a fight over a woman will serve a 16-year prison sentence under a plea deal reached Wednesday.
Originally charged with second-degree murder, Joseph Adrian Munoz, 37, of Oceano, pleaded no contest in San Luis Obispo Superior Court to voluntary manslaughter, with enhancements for use of a deadly weapon and four prior convictions that resulted in prison sentences.
According to court records, Munoz had been making sexual advances toward the girlfriend of the victim, Joseph Padilla, 25, of Nipomo. On June 21, 2013, Munoz encountered Padilla at an Oceano residence, and a fight ensued. During the altercation, Munoz stabbed Padilla multiple times.
Padilla was later rushed to Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, where he died.
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Two days later, when authorities spotted Munoz in a car, the female driver of the vehicle fled, leading to a chase that reached 70 mph before the vehicle was eventually pulled over and Munoz was detained.
Munoz had previously led police on a high-speed chase in 2006, resulting in a reckless driving conviction. That case also resulted after Munoz, armed with a knife, had a dispute over a woman, according to court records.
His prior convictions also include domestic abuse on a spouse, another reckless evasion conviction from 2003 and possession of a controlled substance.
He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 28.