WINNIPEG--A Winnipeg man was sentenced to eight years in prison today for a love triangle killing in which he tricked his way into a house armed with a steel bar, strangled the drunken resident and then set his body on fire.
Roberto Nieto will actually do far less time behind bars. He has spent the past three years in custody, which was given double-time credit of six years. A judge then sentenced him to another two years in jail effective today, but he will be eligible for parole after serving one-third of that time.
Nieto, 32, was originally charged with second-degree murder and went on trial in 2007, only to be cleared of any wrongdoing after a jury accepted his claim of self-defence. The Crown appealed, and a new trial was ordered last year after the Manitoba Court of Appeal cited errors made by the judge during the charge to the jury.
Nieto, 32, was set for his new murder trial this spring but cut a deal with the Crown to plead guilty to the reduced charge of manslaughter.