Jared Alger, 30, of Tracy, could spend more than 20 years in state prison for shooting to death his friend Steve Goodmanson, 40, on Aug. 27, 2006.
Alger and his friend were high on methamphetamine during their trip to a Brentwood marsh in 2006 to hunt for coyotes, bullfrogs and rabbits, prosecutors said.
Alger and Goodmanson got into an argument over Goodmanson’s girlfriend, whom Alger had once dated. Goodmanson pointed a .22 rifle at Alger, who pushed it away toward his friend’s face. It went off, killing Goodmanson, said Alger’s attorney, Contra Costa County Deputy Public Defender Elizabeth Barker.
Alger originally faced charges of felony assault and that he kidnapped Goodmanson’s girlfriend. But after deliberating for eight days, the jury dismissed those felony charges and convicted him instead of misdemeanor false imprisonment and assault.
Alger is due for sentencing on July 31.
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