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Central Florida man gets life sentence for killing ex-girlfriend at Burger King


DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — A central Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend inside a Burger King.

As part of a deal with Volusia County prosecutors to avoid the death penalty, 44-year-old Jesus Morales pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree murder and burglary while armed.

Authorities say Morales walked into the DeBary Burger in September 2011 and opened fire on Heidi Shelmire, who had worked there. Morales then jumped over the counter and shot Shelmire several more times.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal ( ) reports that Morales was on probation at the time of the shooting for aggravated stalking. He had just been released from the Volusia County Branch Jail 10 days earlier after serving four months.

Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal,

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