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Man who threw girlfriend across room, killing her, sentenced

July 11, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Gresham man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing his girlfriend, after he admitted to throwing her face-first into his bedroom floor, then waiting nearly 18 hours before bringing her to a hospital.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Jose Funes-Zelaya originally offered various explanations to police about how 29-year-old Shay Martinez was injured. He told detectives Martinez suffered bruises from her job at FedEx, where the couple met and started dating about one year earlier, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

Funes-Zelaya eventually admitted that he threw Martinez about across his bedroom at about 5 a.m. on Sept. 10, 2017. She died two days later.

In June, Funes-Zelaya pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter constituting domestic violence.

Funes-Zelaya declined to make a statement in court Wednesday.

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Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com

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