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Man pleads guilty in killing over racing pigeons

Posted at 7:36 AM, Mar 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-25 07:36:01-04

MIAMI (AP) - A Miami man has pleaded guilty to killing another man in a fight over prized racing pigeons.

The Miami Herald reports (http://hrld.us/1RpwU7H) 47-year-old Freddy Romero pleaded guilty Thursday to murder in the death of 32-year-old Yoan Vazquez.

He'll serve 25 years in prison for the killing, which cast a spotlight into the competitive world of South Florida pigeon racing.

Authorities say Vazquez was unarmed when he was stabbed to death behind his home in 2013 in front of his 6-year-old daughter.

Prosecutors say Romero and his brother, Lazaro Romero, had driven to Vazquez's home, demanding that he return 10 expensive breeding pigeons that had once been given to him by Lazaro Romero.

Authorities say during the confrontation, Freddy Romero stabbed Vazquez. Both men claimed self-defense.

Lazaro Romero is awaiting trial.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com

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