Sharpsville man sentenced for killing girlfriend, kidnapping baby in 2016

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MERCER, Pa. (WKBN) — The Mercer County man accused of brutally killing his girlfriend and kidnapping their then 8-month-old daughter in December of 2016 has been sentenced.

Antonio Velazquez-Rupert will spend the next 35 to 70 years behind bars.

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Last week, he took a plea deal and pleaded guilty to killing Amanda Downs in his Sharpsville apartment by hitting her in the head with a dumbbell because he was angry.

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He also admitted to kidnapping their daughter, stealing Downs’ car and using her bank card.

Velazquez-Rupert will be 72 years old by the time he is eligible for parole.

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