Jul 31, 2015 8:56 AM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A former California fire battalion chief faces sentencing in the slaying of his girlfriend.
Orville Fleming was convicted of second-degree murder last month in the death of 26-year-old Sarah June Douglas.
The conviction brings a mandatory 15 years to life in prison when he is sentenced Friday in Sacramento.
Fleming, who is 57 years old, was charged with murder in May 2014 after Douglas was found dead in their south Sacramento home.
Defense attorney Peter Kmeto says Fleming killed Douglas in an act of passion during a fight. The Sacramento County jury's verdict of second-degree murder indicates jurors did not believe Fleming planned the killing.
Fleming's arrest triggered a months-long investigation into the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's training academy that led to firings and demotions.