Woman found guilty in shooting death of boyfriend sentenced to 2-10 years in prison

Lisa Hollopeter was sentenced on Nov. 16, 2017, in the April 2017 shooting death of her boyfriend. (KSNV)

The woman found guilty of the shooting death of her long-time boyfriend learned on Thursday just how much time she’ll spend behind bars.

Lisa Hollopeter was sentenced to a total of 10 years behind bars today, though she is eligible to get out on parole in about two years.

The night of April 1, detectives reported finding seven shell casings around the body 40-year-old Jose Ignacio Villanueva.

The 40-year-old was left lying on the bathroom floor of the apartment he and the defendant had been living in together — near South Buffalo and West Westcliffe drives.

Hollopeter says she shot her boyfriend of nearly 10 years because she was afraid for her life. She alleges domestic violence in the relationship.

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The prosecution argued against that, pointing out that Villanueva took a gunshot to his back. The prosecutor also cited that after her arrest, police say Hollopeter changed her story three times during the interrogation interview.

On Thursday, members of the victim’s family spoke out, asking the judge for justice.

“Words cannot express the pain my family, self, and friends have endured since his murder. The decision to take the life of Joe with no regret for the effect that this has caused with all parties involved is unimaginable,” said the victim’s sister Sherri Montgomery.

The defendant also talked, asking the judge for mercy.

“He physically and emotionally tried to kill me. He put a gun to my head and pulled the trigger. The gun did not go off,” said Hollopeter. “He told me over and over, we were gonna die that night.”

At the start of this case, Hollopeter was charged with murder. She did accept a deal, convicted as guilty to voluntary manslaughter with use of a deadly weapon.

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