Employee gets 15 years to life in architect death

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Updated: 7/08/2014 11:10 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the beating death of his boss, a prominent San Diego architect who had taken his staff out for drinks before he was killed.

U-T San Diego reports that Higinio Salgado was sentenced Tuesday after his April conviction for second-degree murder.

Judge Joan Weber called the killing "senseless and disturbing."

Salgado was among employees who went out for drinks in 2013 with Graham Downes, an architect who designed high-profile restaurants and hotels.

Prosecutors say Salgado became angry when the name of a former employee came up and began shouting that the man "better not" take his job. That led to a confrontation outside Downes' house between the two men that ended with Salgado pummeling Downes to death.

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