CASE: Mia Gonzales

Ontario woman acquitted of murder

SAN BERNARDINO - A jury found an Ontario woman not guilty of murdering her husband Wednesday and deadlocked on a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter, the woman's attorney said.

Mia Gonzales shot and killed her husband, state parole agent Abel Gonzales, during what she described as a violent argument on Oct. 27, 2007 about the future of the couple's troubled marriage.

The acquittals on charges of first- and second-degree murder leave voluntary manslaughter as the only active charge against Mia Gonzales. It carries a maximum prison sentence of 21 years.

Mia Gonzales will also have her bail reduced as a result of the verdicts, said her attorney, Mark Fredrick. Gonzales has been jailed since the shooting in lieu of $2 million bail.

The jury of nine women and three men was split 11-1 in favor of a guilty verdict for voluntary manslaughter, Frederick said.

Mia Gonzales, 36, testified during the trial in San Bernardino Superior Court that her husband beat her severely during a midnight argument in the couple's bedroom in the 1900 block of South Almond Street.

Abel Gonzales became enraged when his wife asked whether the couple should seek a divorce, Mia Gonzales testified.
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