Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Mother

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 22-year-old Las Vegas man has pleaded guilty
to second-degree murder in the random shooting death of a mother of
two almost a year ago.

Calvin Lee Kirklin admitted Monday in Clark County District
Court that he shot Blanca Gonzalez as she sat in her vehicle March
28, 2008, at a red traffic signal east of downtown Las Vegas.

Gonzalez died the next day of a gunshot wound to the head. Her
children, ages 15 and 11, were in the car but were not hit by
gunfire.

Kirklin initially told police he was drunk and a gun he was
handling accidentally discharged.

His plea avoids trial, and prosecutors dropped three firearm
charges.

Kirklin faces 10 years to life in prison at sentencing, set for
May 18.


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