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South Bend man gets 55-year sentence for beating roommate to death

November 01, 2011|WSBT-TV Report

SOUTH BEND — A man found guilty of beating his roommate to death and throwing his body in the St. Joseph River was sentenced Tuesday morning to 55 years in prison.

Elex Baltazar, 32, was found guilty of killing Miguel Rivera, whose body was found floating in the St. Joseph River in May of 2010.

According to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office, the penalty for murder is 45 to 65 years with the advisory sentence being 55 years.

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