A 32-year-old man pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Monday for the killing of a man in Anaheim nearly five years ago.

Alberto Canul, who was originally charged with first-degree murder and could have faced life in prison without parole, now faces 12 years and eight months in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 22. As part of his plea agreement, he also admitted a felony count of gang activity and a sentencing enhancement for gang activity.

Last month, Canul’s brother, 34-year-old Jose Enrique Canul, pleaded guilty 24 to murder and admitted sentencing enhancements for gang activity and gun use for the Oct. 18, 2013, killing of 38-year-old Angel Jesus Lopez Valladares of Anaheim. Valladares was beaten and then shot after getting into an argument that escalated into a fight in the 600 block of East Eton Place, according to Anaheim police.

A special circumstance allegation for gang activity, which would have guaranteed Jose Canul a life sentence without the possibility of parole, was dismissed as part of his plea deal, according to court records.

Jose Canul faces 40 years to life in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 26.

Two other defendants in the case also previously pleaded guilty.

Joel Avila, 24, pleaded guilty on Feb. 25, 2016, to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Mario Alberto Flores, 33, pleaded guilty June 19 to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

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