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Man Who Killed Shooting Witness Gets Life Sentence

A man has been sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole for killing a witness to a California shooting — a woman whose children were later kidnapped and abandoned.

Thirty-one-year-old Alex Valdez was sentenced Friday in Los Angeles for the 2016 killing of Kimberly Harvill.

Her body was found in a remote area of Gorman.

Prosecutors say Harvill was killed because a few days earlier she'd witnessed a shooting in Fresno involving Valdez and another man, Joshua Robertson.

Authorities say Robertson and the victim's half-sister then kidnapped Harvill's three children, ages 2, 3, and 5.

They were later found abandoned in a New Mexico hotel. Robertson is serving a life sentence for murder and kidnapping.

Brittney Sue Humphrey is serving 13 years for kidnapping.

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